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Queen's Award for EOD and Mine Action Specialist

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Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and land mine clearance specialist BACTEC International Limited (BACTEC) has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen, who has acknowledged the company's outstanding export performance.

The Rochester headquartered company has won a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, recognising a fivefold growth in overseas earnings over the last three years. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance and are presented annually on the advice of the Prime Minister, assisted by an advisory committee made up of representatives of the Government, industry and commerce and the trade unions.

Formed in 1991, BACTEC has been directly involved with the disposal of more than 500,000 land mines and thousands of tonnes of unexploded ordnance, clearing or verifying over eight million square metres of contaminated land across 40 countries. The company's clients include overseas governments, the UN, EC, international oil, gas and construction companies, with major contracts having been won recently in Australia, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Libya, Cambodia, Mozambique and Belgium.

In addition to its direct involvement, BACTEC also provides highly specialised training and advisory services to overseas governments and multinational organisations in other parts of the world.

Current overseas projects include land clearance of unexploded ordnance in Sepon, Lao PDR, where a 350 strong team of Laotians and Cambodians, under the guidance of Australian, New Zealand and British expatriates is clearing the ground of ordnance for the exploration and exploitation of minerals and BACTEC personnel are supporting seismic survey operations; Cambodia, where BACTEC is working with the United Nations Development Projects, where the company is providing technical input into its mine action programme, setting up quality assurance protocols for the locals and training Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) staff; Mozambique, where a recently won contract will see more than 100 BACTEC staff clearing the seismic line of explosive ordnance prior to oil exploration; the safe disposal of stockpiled ammunition in the Far East; the provision of consultancy services in support of the oil industry in Iran and - to commence shortly - marine and land surveys prior to the clearance of unexploded ordnance in the Middle East in preparation for major commercial development.

"The threat from land mines and unexploded ordnance is potentially devastating, causing death and serious injury to population and livestock and preventing agriculture and infrastructure development," says Guy Lucas MBE, BACTEC's Managing Director.

"The recognition of our role that this prestigious award confers is shared equally by those in our offices in Rochester, Kent, in Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Lebanon, Libya and Mozambique, as well as those in the field, whose invaluable skills save lives and make a significant contribution to BACTEC's overseas earnings."
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