Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Benin feels the pinch of Nigeria's economic woes

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Deutsche Bank shares recover after turbulent week

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inside Aleppo: 'Feels like prison'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, The Battle of Aleppo (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump-Clinton Debate, Colombia Peace Deal, Death of the BlackBerry (Part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

Europe

French firm to help UK destroy Syrian chemical weapons

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-17

French waste disposal company Veolia announced Thursday that it has been selected by the British government to help destroy 150 tonnes of chemicals as part of the international mission to dismantle Syria’s feared chemical weapons programme.

Veolia Environment said the so-called “B precurson” chemicals from Syria would be disposed of at the firm’s high temperature incineration plant at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, England.

“‘B-Precursors’ are chemicals used routinely in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and are similar in nature to standard industrial materials safely processed on a regular basis at Ellesmere Port,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“It is important to make clear these are industrial-grade chemicals as opposed to chemical weapons,” the French firm added.

Veolia told Reuters that the contract was the first of two that will be awarded by British authorities in connection to the Russian-brokered international agreement to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.

Veolia declined to reveal how much its contract with the British government was worth.

Britain agreed in December to destroy part of Syria’s chemical weapons at a commercial facility and escort Scandinavian ships transporting the toxic cargo.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-01-17

  • SYRIA

    Aid pledge falls short of Syrian humanitarian needs

    Read more

  • SYRIA - DIPLOMACY

    US, Russia say Syria aid and ceasefire are possible

    Read more

  • UK - SYRIA

    UK ‘approved nerve gas chemical exports to Syria’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)