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ICI EXPLOSIVES ENVIRONMENTAL TO COMPLETE STUDY IN RUSSIA UNDER U.S. GOVERNMENT GRANT

 VALLEY FORGE, Pa., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ICI Explosives Environmental Company announced today that it will complete a Russian Republic conventional ammunition conversion feasibility study under a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA).
 The US$300,000 grant from the TDA will support an ICI Explosives Environmental study on the feasibility of an environmentally responsible program to convert, or demilitarize, surplus Russian conventional ammunition for use as commercial explosives.
 Russia claims to have nearly two million metric tons of conventional munitions designated as excess and ready for conversion. The study will focus on a program to recycle and reuse as much of the material components of the munitions as is commercially viable. It is estimated more than 500,000 tons of brass, steel and aluminum could be recovered.
 In addition, large quantities of energetic materials could be recycled into industrial explosives. "Recovering explosives from former Russian conventional ammunition and reusing them to manufacture explosives for mining and civil construction could be the most important part of this `Swords to Plowshares' study," said Bob Morhard, vice president, ICI Explosives Environmental Company.
 To complete the work, ICI will team with Nitro-Vzryv, a new company in Russia that manufactures commercial and military explosives. Nitro- Vzryv was formerly a part of the now-defunct Ministry of Defense Industries. Today it is a commercial entity under the organizational umbrella of the Committee of the Russian Federation for Defense Branches of Industry.
 "We're pleased to be teaming with Nitro-Vzryv," Morhard said. "This project combines our team's expertise in explosives environmental management with Nitro-Vzryv's vast experience in munitions throughout the Russian Republic."
 Implementation of the proposed conversion program has the potential for very large exports of equipment and services from U.S. companies to the Russian Republic.
 The feasibility study will result in a report outlining plans to complete this massive defense conversion project. The study is expected to be completed in six months.
 ICI Explosives Environmental Company is a subsidiary of ICI Explosives USA Inc. and a unit of ICI Explosives Environmental. ICI Explosives Environmental was formed as part of the ICI Explosives World Group to meet the needs of a large market for resource recovery in explosives and related materials. ICI Explosives is a business unit of Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (NYSE: ICI).
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