UXO clearance underway in Georgia

08 June 2015

NSPA PfP Trust Fund staff held a briefing day at the site of an exploded ammunition depot in Georgia for donors and the Georgian media on 28 May 2015.

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Tomáš Pernický and the Charge d'affaires of the Republic of Lithuania, Jurate Ramoskiene, were among those briefed on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) clearance operations and providing interviews to the media.   More than 50 people attended the briefing and tour of the site. 

In August 2008 two of the eight tunnels of the Military Ammunition Depot in Skra, near Gori, exploded, throwing out some 500 tons of unexploded munitions and other debris, sealing off the tunnel entrance and presenting a severe safety and proliferation threat.

"The project aims to clear the debris and access the tunnels to remove any remaining live munitions or the debris. This will make the area safe for the local population and usable for the local authority." Explained Mr. David Towndrow, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency Project Officer.

Under the leadership of the Czech Republic and Lithuania, the €1.6 million Trust Fund project will run for a period of up to two years. The Georgian government-owned contractor ‘Delta’ is responsible for overall activity at the site and Georgian military EOD engineers, trained under a previous Trust Fund project, are providing the EOD teams to clear the UXO. International experts have been providing guidance on the safest and most efficient way to clear the site.  On-site work started in March 2015 and is anticipated to end in late 201 and once the site is remediated, it will either be reused by the military or handed back to the local authorities.