US LAND remediation specialist Longbore is to open its first European base in Livingston, Scotland.
Longbore, which supplies mobile drilling rigs for decontaminating polluted land, was assisted by Locate in Scotland, the joint Scottish Executive/Scottish Enterprise inward investment agency, and West Lothian council.
Longbore expects annual turnover of its Scottish operation to quickly exceed £15m. And it says it has had enquiries for its drilling technology from France, Ireland and the Netherlands.
The company’s European managing director Michael Bell says he expects the company’s new rigs to play a key role in decontaminating hundreds of blighted sites in the UK, enabling brownfield sites to be reused.
Longbore’s mobile drilling rigs can drill wells up to 1km-long to extract toxins and pollutants and restore land. The company claims to be able to eradicate pollution from contaminated sites at a fraction of the cost of traditional treatments. The technology can also be used to control ground water or gas leakage from old mine workings.
Investment: £3m; Jobs created: 30; Completion date: not disclosed.
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