AMSTERDAM - A month-long tender for the commercial destruction of
hundreds of tonnes of industrial chemicals and toxic waste from Syria's
chemical weapons program starts on Thursday, officials said, with
contracts likely to go to a handful of firms.
About 30 companies
submitted "serious expressions of interest" for the work, the final
stage of a complex task of chemical disarmament that poses security
risks transporting the material in a war zone and requires technical
know-how to render it safe and logistical coordination involving several
The bidding procedure is due to be finalized by the
end of January, officials at the Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, said on Wednesday.
Because of the need for tight security, officials want to limit the number of companies involved to just one or two.