UXO survey and clearance operations in Kuwait
SafeLane Global is working to support the Kuwait National Development Plan, remediating unexploded ordnance contaminated land to enable the development of critical housing.
During the Gulf War, from August 1990 to February 1991, a large part of Kuwait was mined and became affected by unexploded ordnance (UXO).
In addition to the widespread use of landmines by occupying Iraqi troops, the coalition forces dropped a vast amount of cluster bombs and other ammunition in their efforts to assist liberation.
While the subsequent Integrated Mine Action program, championed by the Kuwaiti government, has done much to alleviate this issue of contaminated land, the scale of the problem and the challenging environmental conditions means that extreme caution must be taken during any construction activities to this day.
The State of Kuwait has a very high existing demand for housing for its citizens – and this demand is increasing.
The Kuwait National Development Plan, and the last revision of the development and modernisation of the State of Kuwait, states the need to resettle around 2.6 million people outside the current metropolitan area by 2030.
One of the initiatives to address this need is the construction of a new city in Al Mutlaa. This is about a 30 min drive north of Kuwait City.
28,288 family homes will be built within the housing project spread over 12 neighbourhoods. The development is taking place across 40 km2 of land – which is contaminated by unexploded ordnance.
SafeLane Global commenced a 12-month UXO survey and clearance project in March 2019.
The work conducted by SafeLane will directly benefit and ensure the safety of over 170,000 individual citizens.
SafeLane is using a combination of techniques to safely locate and remove unexploded ordnance from the area.
A sample of techniques and equipment is illustrated in these images and video which were captured during training. The video shows a geophysical survey being undertaken using a hand pushed cart