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Published: Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 10:55:02 PM
Updated: Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 10:55:55 PM

UK to give Veolia contract to destroy chemicals from Syrian arms arsenal

The logo of Veolia Environnement is seen during the company's 2008 annual results presentation in Paris March 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The logo of Veolia Environnement is seen during the company's 2008 annual results presentation in Paris March 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to award a contract to destroy around 150 tonnes of chemicals from Syria's chemical weapons programme to Veolia Environnement, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

The chemicals will be processed at the French water and waste management firm's incineration plant at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, England, the sources said, saying an announcement was due later on Thursday.

"This first contract will be for Veolia," said one of the sources.

(Reporting By Benjamin Mallet in Paris and Andrew Osborn in London; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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