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Suez to tackle Lucifer

Archiv – Suez SA has announced that subsidiaries Endel and SITA, as well as another French company Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie, have won a Euro 3.3 million (US$ 4.18 million) contract from the French navy to dismantle the anti-submarine frigate Lucifer.Suez SA has announced that subsidiaries Endel and SITA, as well as another French company Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie, have won a Euro 3.3 million (US$ 4.18 million) contract from the French navy to dismantle the anti-submarine frigate Lucifer.
Suez has described the contract as ’the first stone’ towards a new European shipbreaking industry. No European countries are currently able to break vessels larger than 5000 tonnes. According to Suez, some 700 vessels of that scale already require dismantling in Europe, calling it a potential Euro 1 billion (US$ 1.27 billion) a year market.
The Lucifer project will begin in 2007 and should take a year to complete. The vessel will be disassembled in dry dock at Querqueville on the Atlantic Coast where it has remained since it was damaged in a fierce storm nine years ago. Experts will first ascertain the levels of asbestos, fuel or other toxic wastes contained in the ship and then determine acceptable conditions for workers.
The deal follows uproar earlier this year over the asbestos-laden French aircraft carrier Clemenceau which was stranded at sea amid concern for the safety of workers in India who were to dismantle it. The saga is credited with reinforcing the need for further development of vessel dismantling capacity in Europe.
Many questions remain about how this new European industry will develop, including where dismantling facilities would be located, and whether it could grow as a multi-national consortium or within a competing company structure. Suez, which has urged French companies to take the lead in this potentially lucrative sector, even hopes to bid for the contract to dismantle the Clemenceau.

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