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German Company Combi Lift Reports “a Highly Pure Nuclear Substance” At The Zahrani Oil Installation, South Of Beirut

German company Combi Lift reports “a highly pure nuclear substance” at the Zahrani oil installation, south of Beirut

Source: BCTC
Beirut, Lebanon (PortSEurope) April 3, 2021 – German company Combi Lift has reported the discovery “a highly pure nuclear substance” at the Zahrani oil installation, 50 km south of Beirut. The news was announced by caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab, after a meeting of Lebanon’s Higher Defence Council, the highest security and military authority in the country, on Friday. Reported by the Al Ahram Weekly,
Diab said that “quick measures to deal with this matter of great concern”. According to Ziad Al-Zein, head of the installation, the chemicals were found in eight small containers that weigh less than two kg each and contained depleted uranium salts that have been stored there since the 1950s when Medreco, a U.S. company then owned by Mobil and Caltex, was operating the facility. The Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission with now work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a solution to dispose of the material. Last November, the local authorities contracted Bremen-based Combi Lift to remove flammable and highly reactive chemicals from 49 containers at the port. This followed the explosion at the port three months’ ago. The detonation on August 4 of some 2,700 tonnes of unsafely stored ammonium nitrate that killed almost 200 people, injured 6,000, left over 300,000 without proper housing and with damages estimated at $15 billion, fueled outrage over government corruption, incompetence, negligence and inaction. At least some of the chemicals the company will remove had been in storage at the port since 2009. Combi Lift, a German a heavy lift transport company, was already working in the port will ship the chemicals in special containers as part of a $3.6 million contract. “I have no clear idea about these chemicals or their danger. But it is another case of negligence to add to the account of an incompetent government and provide more reasons for an international investigation,” Emad Salamey, a professor of political science at the Lebanese American University, told Al-Ahram Weekly. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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