Navigation path

Production, storage and distribution of iodized salt in the Chernobyl affected Regions – Supply of Salt Iodisation Plant (Lot 1)

Production, storage and distribution of iodized salt in the Chernobyl affected Regions – Supply of Salt Iodisation Plant (Lot 1)


Following a request from the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian authorities, the European Commission established the Chernobyl Regional Programme as a part of the TACIS 1993 Nuclear Safety Programme. The programme was intended to assist those countries in dealing with the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.
The programme began with a rapid exercise to assess the needs of the three countries, identify actions already undertaken and define the key priorities for funding by the EC and other donors.
It was initially anticipated that first efforts would concentrate on actions to limit the consequences of soil contamination, but, subject to initial assessment, other actions dealing with the social and economic problems resulting from the Chernobyl accident could also be included. One of these actions was to provide for an improvement in the then inadequate supply of iodine to the population in the affected countries.
The intention of this measure was to build up the population’s resistance to any threats to health as a consequence of the Chernobyl accident. Promotion of the use of iodized table salt was directed at reducing the frequency of thyroid gland diseases due to iodine deficiency in food ingredients.
The overall objective was to improve the supply and consumption of iodised table salt in the populations of the affected regions in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. This required actions in two main directions:
1. a campaign aimed at overcoming the lack of information and education of the public and large consumers regarding the benefits of iodised table salt in order to encourage increased usage of the product.
2. Improvements to production, packaging, storage and distribution of iodised table salt throughout the regions concerned.
The responsibility for the first of the above actions was taken by the appropriate ministries of the affected countries, with the help of other donors (for example, UNICEF assisted by financing a series of daily television advertisements promoting the consumption of iodised salt).
The second action was the subject of the TACIS project. To this end a pilot project was programmed to improve the production capabilities, the product quality and the packaging of the table salt produced at the existing production location Mozyr Salt Plant.
The Mozyr Salt Plant is situated some 300 km south of Minsk, between Minsk and Kiev.
A conceptual design study was undertaken by Fichtner (see contract 23247). The conclusions were that the Mozyr plant had sufficient production capacity to meet the supply requirements but that improvements were required to achieve and maintain a sufficient and uniform high product quality. Measures were required to improve the accuracy of dosing and mixing of the iodine compounds. Additionally, the existing packaging was inadequate. The poor quality of the packaging was the main reason for product damage during transportation and storage and this allowed loss of iodine concentration. Consequently, new plant and equipment were required and Technical Specifications were prepared for the procurement of the following equipment:

  • Lot 1: Supply of an iodisation system for the production of iodised table salt
  • Lot 2: Supply of a continuously working packaging line for packing of the produced iodised table salt.

The equipment was purchased through two separate supply contracts (see the separate contract summaries for each of these equipment supply contracts).
Fichtner was contracted by the European Commission (Contract 23916) to perform the tendering of the above supply contracts and (Contract 26768) to follow-up the supply contracts.
The present contract was for the manufacture and supply of the Lot 1 equipment (Supply of an iodisation system for the production of iodised table salt).

The scope of supply was the design, manufacture, delivery, installation and commissioning of an iodisation system for the production of iodised table salt to replace the existing iodisation system at the Mozyr Salt Plant.
The system had to meet the following requirements:

  • Maximum product throughput of 20 000 kg/h; minimum throughput of 5 000 kg/h.
  • Dosing accuracy of +/- 4 mg/kg, equivalent to +/- 5% of the maximum dose of 80 mg/kg.
  • All parts of the plant that come into contact with the product made of materials conforming the the applicable foodstuffs-law, e.g stainless steel.
  • Easy to operate and simple to maintain.
  • Suitable for non-stop production, 24 h/d, for 11 months of the year. One 4 week shutdown per year for maintenance

The following components were included:

  • Mixing and storage tank
  • Fill-level measuring device or weighing device
  • Agitator or mixing pump
  • Dosing system with pump
  • Feeding device for product (charging hopper)
  • Weighing and conveying device
  • Mixer
  • Valves/instrumentation and control installations
  • Pipework (pipes, valves, actuators, hangers,…)
  • Complete electrical installation including cabling and cable ducts
  • All necessary steel construction, including supporting steelwork, stairways, platforms, safety barriers and guards (to be fabricated and erected by the End User according to the supplier’s detailed design)
  • Spare parts for two years of operation

The supplier was responsible for the complete installation of the supplied system as well as the commissioning. During the time on site, the supplier was also responsible for training the End user operation and maintenance personnel.

The supply contract was signed in June 2001.
The equipment was delivered in February 2002. Provisional acceptance took place March 2002 and final acceptance July 2003.

General Information

Production, storage and distribution of iodized salt in the Chernobyl affected Regions – Supply of Salt Iodisation Plant (Lot 1)
€ 268.726,00
Budget year: 
Meta geographical zone: 
Belarus - Chernobyl impact
Types of activities: 
Equipment Supply
HI - Horizontal Issues
Duration (months): 
Contracting authority: 
Special Fund (EC)
Partner (Beneficiary): 
Emercom of Belarus
Gebruder Lodige
Old reference: 
FICHTNER-1351 (contract PA)
Project reference: 
CHE 93/I.3
Decision number: 
multi annual
Method of procurement: 
Special Fund (Procurement Agent)
Procurement Agent contract: 
Procurement Agent reference: 
WO10 5761-A07-100-1
Procurement Agent provisional acceptance: 
Procurement Agent Final acceptance: 
Signature date: 
Effective contract date: 
Contract end date: 
Closure date: