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The Georgian Radiation Regulatory Authority (LEPL Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety) receives European Union-Funded Mobile Laboratory352/392
19 Jan 2021
In December 2020, STCU procured and supplied a mobile laboratory (~ˆ900K) in the framework of the EU-funded project “Strengthening the Preparedness for Nuclear Emergencies of the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Georgia (ANRS): Delivery of the Mobile Laboratory -G 4.01/19B”.
This mobile laboratory can be used to determine the propagation and impact of radioactive plumes caused by nuclear or radiation events.
The mobile laboratory is based on the Mercedes-Benz high-capacity off-road minibus and is designed to accommodate three experts. The mobile laboratory is equipped with a positive pressure ventilation system, ensuring safe operation for specialists in a polluted environment. In addition to the mobile lab, a trailer was provided to transport the required cargo, equipment, and containers.
The mobile laboratory was equipped with all necessary equipment for on-site radiological measurements and assessment. With the equipment installed in the mobile laboratory, it is possible to take samples of water, soil, and air and study and analyze alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation (including gamma and alpha spectrometry) in the field, whilst still achieving high, laboratory-grade precision readings. The laboratory operates with software used to estimate the spread of radiation-contaminated clouds or air masses whilst taking into consideration the surrounding terrain.
The specific training in the effective operation of the mobile laboratory was contracted along with the equipment supply. The training was conducted upon the equipment delivery and covered the following subjects:
• Safety requirements pertaining to the laboratory operation;
• Technical requirements for the operation of the equipment installed in the laboratory;
• Gamma spectroscopy and spectral analysis pertaining to the equipment installed in the laboratory.