Veolia's Ellesmere Port Incineration Plant: Destruction of chemical weapons

Under the British Government’s support for the international mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons program led by the United Nations, Veolia was chosen to destroy 194 metric tons of materials.
UK, Ellesmere Port, Destruction of syrian chemical weapons
Veolia’s Ellesmere Port plant incorporates all the latest incineration, and gas and effluent treatment technology. It is certified under the international ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 quality and safety standards.
Estelle Brachlianoff
Executive Vice President, Veolia, Director Northern Europe Zone

194 t of chemical
to be destroyed

100,000 t of hazardous material
treated per year


Appointed by the British Government

The 150t batch of “Class B precursor” chemicals and 44t of hydrochloric acid will be treated at Veolia’s Ellesmere Port High-Temperature incinerator (HTi) in the United Kingdom, near Liverpool. This is where the existing hazardous waste treatment contract between Veolia and the Disposal Services Authority, a part of the UK Ministry of Defence, is located.
“Class B precursors” are used in the manufacture of chemical weapons but in their singular form are only classed as hazardous industrial products. These material components are commonly used in the pharmaceuticals industry and are similar to the other industrial products treated at the Ellesmere Port site throughout the year.

Meeting stringent safety and environmental standards

UK, Ellesmere Port, Destruction of syrian chemical weapons

This HTi facility also treats low-level radioactive waste, and complies with very high safety standards, meets high environmental performance levels and is subject to regular, stringent inspections by the relevant authorities.
This facility is one of the most advanced in Europe and treats around 100,000 metric tons of hazardous waste each year and employs over 70 staff.
Veolia’s international expertise in hazardous waste treatment was the key differentiating factor to being selected for this highly sensitive tender by the British authorities.


Benefits for our client

  • The Ellesmere Port plant treats highly toxic or malodorous gases and liquids
  • Bulk liquids and liquid in drums
  • Low-level radioactive waste
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Contaminated packaging and other material
  • Contaminated soil
  • Oily sludge
  • Sensitive and special products


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