On August 17, 2020, the shipment of the specialised stationary radiation detection equipment from the U.S. arrived in Lithuania and was handed over to specialists of the Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence (NSCOE). This is the second shipment from the US Energy Department to Lithuania State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (SBGS) provided in the framework of the ongoing three-lateral project called the “GROUP 8”.

The ultimate goal of the “GROUP 8” project is to enhance Lithuanian nuclear security detection capabilities by installing advanced equipment at the points of entry. The project has been implemented on the cost-sharing principles by the U. S. Department of Energy (US ED), Lithuanian SBGS and the Directorate of Border Control Points under the Ministry of Communications of the Republic of Lithuania.

This is the second shipment from U. S. within the project and it is valued at 1,057,028.69 USD. The first part of the specialised equipment was received in November 2019.

The “GROUP 8” project is aimed at improving the infrastructure of the border point of entry by installing modern stationary radiation control equipment. The total value of the whole project is about 3 million EUR.

It has been planned to be complete the “GROUP 8” project earlier 2021.


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