Quebec-based environmental services firm PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has won a contract to build a mobile plasma system that could destroy chemical weapons.
The deal, expected to be worth $1.5 million, comes through an “international military consortium” following “extensive discussions with specialty military groups over the past 18 months” to engineer a tactical mobile plasma system to destroy chemical warfare agents like those being used in Syria.
“The situation in Syria has highlighted the urgent need for a tactical mobile unit that can be readily deployed, have rapid destruction capabilities and generate no toxic by-products,” the company said in a June 5, 2014 statement.
The deal will be executed in two phases: engineer a self-contained mobile tactical plasma unit, then see the unit built and delivered, though PyroGenesis said the second phase has not been contracted and could be delayed or cancelled.
“Delivering a technology that can be dropped off the back of a plane in the harshest environment to instantaneously destroy some of the most dangerous substances known to man has significant commercial ramifications,” Gillian Holcroft, executive vice-president of strategic alliances with PyroGenesis, said in a statement.
“The system is scalable and, as such, larger units can be delivered for […] destruction of both hazardous chemicals and biological threats.”
Should the deal proceed to phase two, the company said it expects the system to be delivered later in 2014.