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News · Tripoli, Libya, 15 May 2019

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The Purpose of the Project developed by CBRN Protection TCT was to clean up the Ruwagha site to remove residues of organic and aggressive inorganic chemicals in ISO tanks, and a heterogenic mixture of water, S and Cl containing organic chemicals, cement and sand.
The Scope of the work included the following activities:
The program of work was divided into three phases.
Phase 1 Design and construction of evaporation lagoons appropriate for the material collected in the tank and bunker areas.
Tank area. The collection of liquid chemicals from tanks and removal transfer thereof to evaporation lagoons (the neutralisation of aggressive inorganic chemicals was first carried out in a lagoon). Neutralisation of acidity in the lagoon. Flushing, cleaning and removal of residues of organic and inorganic chemicals from the tank into a lagoon.
Bunker area. Liquid phase of the removal of waterand organic chemicals from the tanks into a lagoon. Additional oxidation of theliquid removed in the lagoon. Removal of sediments of sand and cement from the tanks using water jets and tank-cleaning equipment and a special pump. Flushing, cleaning and removal of residues organic and inorganic chemicals from the tank into a lagoon.
Phase 2 Servicing of lagoons, periodic mixing of the content of the lagoons during hot weather. Collection of the remaining non-hazardous salts and material from the lagoons for land burial, or alternatively stabilisation of the dry residue of lagoons using lime stone.
Phase 3 Transport of the cleaned and empty tanks to a metal reprocessing facility. Final clean-up of the territory after removing the tanks.
An list of equipment and specifications in addition to the previously developed comprehensive list for all operations and technology, was developed:

  • Raman Chemical Spectrometer with CWA/TICs/Narcotics/explosives database,
  • Identifier HAZCAT KIT,
  • Sampling Kit
  • Industrial TICs detector
  • Hand-Held Oil-in-Water Monitor
  • Technical operational training in the use of equipment was provided.
  • The clean-up operation, including neutralization of precursor residue and reaction masses after destruction of mustard gas removal of scrap metal was completed in 2019 and reported to the OPCW and European Commission.

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