1. Mapping of contaminated areas
To collect and compile data on the contamination scope of the NWC, Executive Secretariat organized in March 2008 a workshop on “New Technologies of Surveying, Detecting and Mapping of Mine Infected Areas” in coordination with the private company “Egyptian Belgian Company for Oil and Environmental Services.” All information and maps obtained were digitalized and subsequently entered in the Information Management System of Mine Action (IMSMA).
In collaboration with the Egyptian Armed Forces, the Executive Secretariat organized in May 2007 the “Cairo Mine Detectors Test Trials” – the first ever to be conducted in Egypt – to identify detectors suitable to the Egyptian environmental conditions. Five companies (as suggested by United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS) and Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) were approached and asked to present their respective models: Ceia, Ebinger, Foerster, Minelab and Vallon.
The Executive Secretariat launched, in January 2008, a series of international tenders for the purchase of mine detectors, personal protective equipment and ambulances. In 2011, a Casspir armored vehicle against mine explosions, equipped with a “Mine Lab” device for detecting mines to a depth of about one meter, was received. The Executive Secretariat and the manufacturing company, South African “Mechem” sponsored a training course for the personnel of the Corps of Military Engineers on the effective use of the machine.
An ArmTrac-400 (mechanical demining equipment) was purchased to facilitate and expand the scope and quality of the clearance operations undertaken in the region. It arrived on April 5, 2012 and delivered to the Army for immediate usage. A second one was purchased upon the request of the Corps of Military Engineers, using funds secured by MIC. Also, an ArmTrac T75 was also purchased in 2015 from the European Union’s fund. The 105 Foerster arrived and the 11 Vallon in addition to another Arm Trac-400 will arrive before the end of 2015.
Thus far there has be (400) Man/unit that the Corps of Military Engineers specified for working in the North West Coast in cooperation with Executive Secretariat equipped with: (250) detector (Ceia) – (250) Demining Suits and (105) Demining Suits were contracted – (5) Ambulances (Toyota) – (250) Demining Safety Boots – (3) air conditioned caravans – (5) Lap Tops – (2) Data Show Screens – (8) GPSs – (130) Bomb Detector (Foerster) – (2) 250 kv Generators – (1) Casspir anti mine armoured vehicle with “Mine Lab” detecting device – (4) Arm Trac 400 – (1) Armtrac T75- (11) Mine Detector (Vallon) – (70) Mine Detectors from China – (10) Electronic Explosive Devices from China.
As per the final mine clearance report that the Executive has received from the Corps of Military Engineers in February 2015, A total amount of 97,000 acres has been cleared since the beginning of the project.
4. Establishment of Quality Assurance/Quality Control Teams
In November 2012, the Executive Secretariat established a mine clearance quality management unit within its overall structure to that clearance activities are undertaken in full compliance with international norms and standards, as well as towards ensuring the security of deminers and civilian users upon official land release. A training course on QA/QC has taken place in Cairo in collaboration with the Jordanian Mine Action Program.
The Exec. Sec. capacity building and procurement to the necessary equipment for demining was as per the table below:
|Purchased Equipment and Capacity Building||Partner (Donor/Supplier)||Demined Area|
|Workshop: “New Technologies of Surveying, Detecting and Mapping of Mine Infected Areas”
-Mapping of contaminated areas and allocation to the scope of contamination at the NWC from both local and International sources, including GICHD, the Italian, British, and New Zealand governments, as well as from seismic survey companies active in oil and gas exploration in the region.
|“Egyptian Belgian Company for Oil and Environmental Services”||31,250 acres (315,000 mines and other ERs of WW ll)
|– 250 detectors;
– 250 protective suits;
– 5 ambulances;
|Ceia, Ebinger, Foerster, Minelab and Vallon|
|– 25 bomb locators;
– 10 demolition kits;
– 250 protective shoes;
– 3 mobile office units;
– 6 air conditioning units;
– Two 250 Kilo Volt Ampere (KVA) generators;
– Lab tops, GPS and laser distance finder instruments;
|UNMAS Chinese government|
|Training Courses: Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Establishment of a mine clearance Quality Management Unit to ensure that clearance activities meet international norms and standards of mine-clearance, as well as the security of deminers & civilian users upon land release.
|Jordanian Mine Action Program||26,190 acres|
|– Casspir armored vehicle against mine explosions, equipped with a “Mine Lab” device for 1m min-detection depth.
– Training course for the personnel of the Corps of Military Engineers on the effective machine-utility.
|The manufacturing company, South African “Mechem” and Exec. Sec.|
|– ArmTrac-400 mechanical demining equipment||Government of Japan and Germany|
|2013 – 2015|
|– A second ArmTrac-400 mechanical demining equipment||Ministry of International Cooperation||37,006 acres|