Helping Iraq to Clean Up Nuclear Sites

Helping Iraq to Clean Up Nuclear Sites

NNL has signed an agreement with the European Union (EU) and Iraq to help scientists dismantle, decommission and decontaminate nuclear facilities built during the Saddam Hussein regime.

Iraq has tried to clean up ten old nuclear sites around the country but progress has been slow since work began two years ago. This new EU programme will see NNL involved in training Iraqi scientists and provide equipment to speed up the clean-up operation which had been previously estimated to take up to ten years.

NNL, along with BelgoProcess, will support the programme requirements in areas such as dismantling, decommissioning and decontamination activities, radioactive waste management and disposal. Up to 80 Iraqi nuclear scientists will be involved in the programme with the aim of exchanging scientists and gaining mutual experience for the benefit of the overall programme.