Azerbaijan postpones sterilizer installation’s launch date
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 1
By Huseyn Valiyev – Trend:
The commissioning of a sterilizer installation in Azerbaijan has been postponed until 2018, the country’s National Nuclear Research Center told Trend.
The Center said the reason for postponing was due to technical aspects related to transportation of isotopes to the country, which was previously scheduled for early November.
“The availability of one transport container, while two are needed, as well as nonconformity of a number of paragraphs in the documentation were the reasons why the transportation was delayed until late December, according to our estimates,” the Center said.
It was earlier reported that after the isotopes are delivered to Azerbaijan, it will take about three weeks to load them into the installation, after which it will be commissioned.
Under an approved road map, a part of isotopes will be delivered from Hungary, the other one from Russia.
The International Atomic Energy Agency is informed about the construction of the sterilizer installation and is ready to provide necessary support in implementation of other projects.
The sterilizer installation, a laboratory and all necessary infrastructure are fully ready for operation.
The sterilizer installation allows applying gamma radiation to kill microbes increasing the storage time of agricultural products as well as medicines.