A contaminated land treatment technology developed in the 1980s by Professor Lucian Gill, managing director of Bradford-based Oceans Environmental Engineering, is looking to gain further ground abroad with help from JEMU.
Reed bed technology systems have been used to tackle industrial contamination problems for ICI and British Steel in the UK and for BHP in Australia. The bio-remediation systems are also exported to New Zealand, The Philippines, Indonesia and the Middle East, where a large treatment wetland is being built in Oman. Exports account for 40% of the company’s business.
Gill has been involved in two JEMU missions to India. `We’ve come back with good leads and feedback, and are involved in training missions,’ he says. `But getting projects off the ground can prove slow in India because it’s difficult to identify who has control of the purse strings.’