Israelis win contract to clean Chernobyl

Jul 06, 2011 No Comments by

(from Isracast.com)
An Israeli company recently won the contract to clean the Chernobyl area from radioactive material using a new and environmentally friendly method. This method will also prove to be useful in other countries that are looking for a safe way to dispose of their radioactive material and where low and medium level radioactive waste is piling up, making it more difficult to be disposed of.

Environmental Energy Resources (EER), an Israeli based company, recently acquired a contract with the Ukrainian government to handle the disposal of the radioactive waste left by the Chernobyl accident of April, 1986. During the initial Soviet operation thousands of vehicles, helicopters and other heavy machinery were used to try and seal the Chernobyl reactor. All of this equipment was contaminated by different levels of radioactive radiation making it both unusable and dangerous. EER’s newly acquired contract will allow it to recycle this material making it both usable and radioactive free.

The process used by EER is called PGM (Plasma – Gasification – Melting). This process uses plasma (highly ionized gas) in a “reactor” to melt down the radioactive material and turn it into a gas. Using oxidizing agents, the material is then cleaned, producing the end result of a glassy material and gas (mostly non polluting materials such as H2 and CO). This gas is used further as a fuel for a gas turbine that generates electricity. The other waste product of the process is a solid glassy environmentally benign material that can be used later in products for building construction.

The PGM process was originally designed and developed over twenty years ago at the Russian Research Center, Kurchatov Institute. The development and adaptation of the PGM Technology involves active participation of Russian scientists who are among the original developers of this technology.
EER will carry out the project under the build, operate, transfer (BOT) method. The project amounts to about $400 million and EER plans to raise money for the project from international sources. The agreement is spread over 20-25 years, and the annual gross revenues from the project of EER and its partners are estimated at $30-35 million.
Iddo Genuth

World News

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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