By Godfrey Bivbere
Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).has given approval to Global Scansystems to commence operation of its fixed scanners at the Seme border post.
Chief Executive Officer, Global Scansystems, Fred Udechukwu, who disclosed this during a facility tour, explained that the fixed scanner site is now ready and awaiting the formal launch.
A team of officials from NNRA were at Seme border post to “inspect and enforce radiological safety and protection” of the Smiths Detection-made dual-view scanner.
A staff of Smiths Detection described the 9 mega electron volts (MeV) scanner as the highest possible energy-level to be used for scanning and is capable of penetrating through 40 centimetres of steel. “The dual-view visual scanner is capable of material discrimination, which is between organic and non-organic, allowing for just one high-resolution scan as against two by other models. Through-put is in the range of 20 container-laden trucks per hour,” he stated.
Global Scan had earlier appealed to government for extension following the delayed approval of site for the fixed scanner. According to Udechukwu, “between January 2010 and December last year, true to what we pleaded with the government, in 24 months the site was ready.
They (the technical partners) have installed and test-run. When they finished, we agreed they will be here Thursday, Friday and Saturday for hand-over, though Customs have been here since last month. Full operations will begin this month.”
The Global Scan boss expressed gratitude to the government for keeping faith with his company despite the delays, being the only indigenous firm amongst the three destination-inspection service providers.
According to the CEO, “The site to set up the fixed scanner was a problem; we went there and said we cannot do a Nigerian project across the border.