Private companies set for windfall over destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

London, Nov. 23 : The International chemical weapons watchdog has invited proposals from private companies around the world to destroy a major part of Syrian deadly stockpile that could yield them an estimated 47 million dollars.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that the commercial companies could send proposals until November 29 for the destruction of roughly 800 tonnes of harmless toxin substances, the Independent reports.

According to the report, the chemicals listed in the invitation include organic and inorganic chemicals, as well as effluents associated with the mission and packaging, but excludes the most dangerous substances, such as actual nerve agents or weapons.

The agency is exploring the possibility of shipping this 50 tonnes of dangerous agents to a Syrian port and destroying them on a ship in the Mediterranean using a portable incineration plant recently developed by the Pentagon, but transportation of arsenal is itself a hazardous task in the midst of a civil war.

However, the U.S. has not reached on any final decision on the sea-borne option.

The OPCW has to meet the ed-of-December deadline to remove all the Assad's arsenal from Syria, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 23-11-2013)

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