Remediation Systems Cornelsen UK

Recruiting – Project Manager

Cornelsen is the UKs leading specialist supplier of Systems, Technologies, Products and Services for the Soil and Groundwater Remediation and Industrial Treatment/Filtration sectors.  Our client sites include the major petrochemicals, pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as the civil engineering, industrial and construction sectors.  We are recognised by our clients for excellence in our service and products, with particular regard to process design and safety.

As a Project Manager you will assume responsibility for overseeing one or several projects. You will ensure that the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used and that the different interests involved are satisfied.  This role includes a high level of client interaction and you will be expected to ensure that the client’s interests are paramount.

You will report to the Senior Project Manager and, on a day to day basis, you will interface regularly with both him/her and the Operations Manager as well as individual Service Engineers who may be undertaking site activities on your projects. The Operations Manager is responsible for all site activities and the service engineering team.  Prioritisation of activities will be decided by the Senior Project Manager subject to advice given to him by the Project Manager(s) and staff/time made available by the Operations Manager.

This is a demanding role and you will be highly self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a close team. You will have an interest in developing innovative technologies whilst seeking to further progress the technical strength of the Company and maintain our leading position amongst our competitors.

You will have an interest in design and specification and to learn the various technologies of soil and groundwater remediation including in-situ thermal technologies, chemical oxidation, bioremediation, vacuum and pumping techniques, and variety of groundwater pumping and water treatment technologies.

During the course of your normal work, significant travelling and overnight stays may be required predominantly, but not exclusively, within the UK and Ireland.  You will be provided with a company credit card to be used for company purposes including the hotels, travel and subsistence.

Responsibilities cover all aspects of a project from inception to completion including the following:


  • Estimation and quotations;
  • Negotiating and contract evaluation


  • Developing a work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project
  • Defining project objectives and timelines together with the Management and Operations team;
  • Identifying the resources required for the project (time, personnel, materials);
  • Developing a project schedule together with the Operations team;
  • Subcontractor and supplier selection and management;
  • Defining the measures upon which the project will be evaluated at its completion.


  • Logistical management of project activities and deliverables;
  • Processing the necessary forms and records to document project activities ;
  • Ensuring that quality standards are maintained;
  • Establishing a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project;
  • Preparation of Health and Safety documentation;
  • Preparation of Environmental Permit Site Deployment Forms – and interaction with the Environment Agency permitting team as may be required;


  • Monitoring the progress of the project and making adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project;
  • Reviewing the project schedule with Management and Operations that will be affected by the project activities, revise schedule as required;
  • Reviewing the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards;
  • Embracing the IT resources to keep track of people and progress;
  • Project financial management and invoicing.


  • Ensuring that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality;
  • Evaluating the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.


This job role will be based in our office on the southwest side of Bristol.


University Degree in a subject relevant to the contaminated land sector or water treatment sector

Key Personal Attributes

  • ETHICS: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organisation;
  • COMMUNICATION: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques;
  • CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organisation and to create new opportunities;
  • TEAMWORK: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness;
  • LEADERSHIP: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organisation;
  • DECISION MAKING: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organisation;
  • ORGANISATION: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities;
  • PLANNING: Determine strategies to move the organisation forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results;
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.


  • 4 to 5 years planning and/or project management experience
  • An engineering background or experience is desirable
  • An understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry


  • Word Processing, spreadsheets, email etc
  • Project planning software experience would be beneficial
  • CAD and Coreldraw experience would be beneficial
  • Driving license

Working Conditions

  • Project Managers usually work in an office environment but the purpose of the project may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces.
  • Project Managers work a standard work week but may be required to work some evenings and weekends to meet project milestones.

Future Development

In time you may also be expected to contribute to:

  • Conceptual design, technical design and equipment specification;
  • Supervision of installation and commissioning as may be required;
  • On-going system performance management and fault diagnosis;

Free Expo Tickets London 2016

Contamination Expo Series 2016 Free Tickets

As Cornelsen is exhibiting this year at London on October 12th and 13th, we are giving you the opportunity to join us.

The Land Remediation Expo is the UK’s leading event for professionals working in the management and remediation of land contamination. Over the course of two days, you will be presented with the very latest solutions, technology, and market leading products and services.

Join the sector’s most influential opinion leaders and progressive land contamination companies and authorities and benefit from our exclusive schedule of seminars, workshops, and live features, all designed to provide you with the most comprehensive level of education, insight, and range of opportunities you can find.

Simply send us a message below stating which dates you wish to attend:

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STAR – Smouldering Combustion Technology

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Thermal remediation technology where the contaminant is the fuel

We are excited to confirm that Cornelsen has been appointed by Savron to deliver their State of the Art STAR (in-situ) and STARx (ex-situ) smouldering combustion technology for in-situ and ex-situ remediation across Europe.

With extensive existing and on-going experience delivering in-situ thermal desorption and steam / air injection systems and with a reputation for rigorous process safety and robust and reliable remediation systems, Cornelsen is ideally suited to partner with Savron on rolling out their cutting edge remediation solution.

For more information visit our STAR combustion Page.


Newly appointed distributor for Amiad industrial water filtration products

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed as a sales distributor for the full range of Amiad water filtration products.

This development provides us the basis for further company expansion and allows us to offer bespoke industrial & commercial water filtration & treatment systems as well as straight forward filter sales.

Our dedicated team of skilled engineers & technicians will back each project from enquiry to completion with the same levels of service & expertise now synonymous with Cornelsen in the remediation industry.

  • Automatic self-cleaning, semi automatic & manual versions
  • Filtration degrees from 3500 to 0.45 microns
  • On-line cleaning – process flow maintained during cleaning
  • TSS testing service to allow correct selection of filtration strategy

For more information, visit our filtration pages:

Steam Injection Remediation UK

Steam Injection Remediation UK Case Studies

Steam Injection Remediation Case Studies

Land contamination issues can be resolved with Steam Injection systems from Cornelsen. By the injection of a steam / air mixture the substrate is heated mainly by convection, inducing the mobilisation of contaminants and volatilisation of the compounds within the aquifer. The temperature is continually monitored as it permeates into the saturated zone,.

Steam injection remediation of Contaminated Groundwater or Soil by Steam Injection can also be achieved by mobilising viscous contaminants at temperatures of under 100 degress. Harmful contaminants such as such as heavy oils in soil and groundwater can then be recovered in a more efficient fashion when compared to other technologies. The inclusion of temperature monitoring points distributed vertically and laterally throughout the formation along with an in-line GC-FID and remote telemetry enables us to provide daily advice and recommendations as required.

Steam Injection Remediation

Visit our Steam Injection Remediations page to read our case studies

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Groundwater Technologioes Soil Leachate Solutions

Cornelsen Partner with Solution MHE

The Cornelsen Approach To Quality

Operating internationally from the UK and Germany and widely recognized for excellence in remediation system design, process safety and compliance, we guarantee our competence to operate, maintain and above all optimize our systems – day in day out – to meet project performance and up-time specifications.

When Andy Hann (Operations Manager) at Cornelsen needed a couple of forklifts for his new prestige, bespoke, UK Operations site, he decided to have a search online. There he found Solution MHE Ltd, Bristol.

Andy explained his situation and the requirement for two machines, 1 x 10 tonne and 1 x 2 – 2.5 tonne capacity. Solution MHE then set about sourcing the correct specification machine to fit the application, and very importantly the budget.

Solution supplied Andy with a Samuk HY100D diesel truck, and a smaller Toyota gas truck. Andy’s recent comment about the main 10 tonne truck was “the truck’s an absolute gem. Everybody that drives it loves it”.  Andy is very pleased with the Solution he was offered, and would have no hesitation in recommending Solution MHE to any prospective buyer.

Groundwater Technologioes Soil Leachate Solutions

Groundwater technologies, soil remediation and Landfill leachate services

Cornelsen is a supplier of innovative, robust, reliable and safe systems for in-situ remediation and groundwater & leachate treatment.

Treatment of PFC Contaminants – PerfluorAd

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Combating PFC Contaminated Water

Over the course of the last 9 years, Cornelsen has been leveraging it’s expertise in the design and implementation of water treatment technologies together with the UMSICHT Fraunhofer Institute to develop a new technically efficient and economical treatment process for Perflourinated and Polyflourinated chemicals (PFC).

These PFCs are fluorinated organic compounds in which the hydrogen atoms of the hydrocarbon skeleton are substituted fully by fluorine atoms. For this reason, they are among the strongest organic compounds and thus considered non-degradable because they persist for a long time in the environment. Their toxicological importance should not be underestimated.

Cornelsen is pleased to announce the launch our new treatment technology for the treatment of PFC contaminants; PerfluorAd.

To date, adsorption (generally on activated carbon) was the only technically feasible method to treat PFC-contaminated water. However, PFCs are typically considered to absorb poorly as the residence time required within the activated carbon filters renders the process impractical and costly.

Treatment of PFC Contaminants with PerfluorAd

Cornelsen’s PerflourAd ingredient on the contrary is injected as a liquid into the flowing water within a stirring reactor vessel. The liquid form of the ingredient leads to a high degree of contact with the contaminant to which it can readily bond with and precipitate the PFC compounds.

This approach affords the opportunity to flexibly adjust the quantity and application method of the additive to changing conditions within the untreated water. This permits optimisation of the process to target concentration levels and therefore optimise cost.

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Enhancing Sustainability of Vapour Phase Activated Carbon

Increasing the Efficiency and Sustainability of Vapour Phase Activated Carbon

The performance of activated carbon is of course variable depending on the contaminant.  Some organic compounds adsorb to vapour phase activated carbon very efficiently indeed, sometimes in excess of 40% weight for weight, others conversely adsorb very poorly.  For vapour phase activated carbon the efficiency of adsorption is also greatly influenced by humidity and temperature.  The efficacy and indeed viability of the treatment approach therefore depends not just on the contaminant and it’s concentration but also on the condition of the vapour in which it is carried.  It also depends on the mass expected.

Activated carbon in vessels situated outside in ambient weather conditions will perform very badly in cold weather as the vapour cools.  Condensation will cause accumulation of water in the vessels and water vapour will preferentially adsorb to the carbon at the cost of the contaminant.  A worst case scenario could be an air stripper or multi-phase extraction system delivering wet warm air to a cold carbon vessel.

Likewise, consider the activated carbon isotherm for a given contaminant at different temperatures.  The higher the temperature, the less efficient the contaminant uptake.  A soil vapour extraction  system, and in particular a multi-phase extraction system will inherently heat up the extracted soil gas through the system.  The harder the blower or pump is working the hotter the discharged soil gas will be.  The temperature of soil gas discharged from an SVE system can quite typically be in the region of 40oC.  A hard working MPE system can heat the extracted soil gases to 80 oC.  Depending on the contaminant this can very significantly reduce the activated carbon performance.

Vapour Conditioning System Developed by Cornelsen

Cornelsen has developed a vapour conditioning system wherein extracted soil gases discharged from the SVE or MPE system (or air stripper) are cooled, moisture is condensed out and then the gases are reheated to ensure that the relative humidity is below 70%, thus preventing water vapour using up the activated carbon pore spaces.

A simple cost benefit analysis considering the additional process plant vs the consumption of activated carbon will quickly inform the project team of the relative value of vapour conditioning.

In 2013/2014 Cornelsen undertook two projects where the benefit of deploying vapour conditioning prior to the activated carbon could be measured in terms of several hundred thousand pounds.  Both projects involved dichloromethane which adsorbs relatively poorly to vapour phase activated carbon.  As one of those projects entail steam injection, two vapour conditioning systems were required.  One system was installed at the inlet of the SVE system to cool the gases to a safe temperature within the operational limit of the blower (Note normally this will be 40oC), then a second system at the discharge given the inevitable heat increase which occurs by energy transfer through the blower.

Contact Cornelsen for a Cost Benefit Analysis

The cost and benefits are easy to assess and the solution quite simple to deliver.  The choice between vapour conditioning vs increased activated carbon consumption can be as simple as straight maths.  The added sustainability associated with the use of less activated carbon and all the transport and works associated with changing the carbon are similarly persuasive.  Conversely, where the contaminant mass is low the poor performance may have little impact on the overall volume of activated carbon required and therefore the costs may exceed the benefit.  The same may be true for organic contaminants which inherently adsorb more efficiently.

In summary, we recommend a simple cost benefit analysis based on isotherms obtained from activated carbon suppliers at different temperatures.  Cornelsen will be pleased to assist in the cost benefit analysis and in the provision of the cooling/warming and heat exchange equipment. Use the Contact Form to send us a message today.

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Steam Injection Remediation

Steam Injection Remediation by Cornelsen

With UK project experience delivering both in-situ thermal desorption (ISTD) and steam injection remediation systems, developed over the course of the last 7 years, Cornelsen undertook its second major steam injection project in the UK in 2014.

Compressed Air and Steam

Unlike conventional steam injection, Cornelsen, together with our partner Reconsite GmbH delivers a steam/compressed air mix.

Advantages of this process include:

  • Increasing the efficiency of heat propagation through the formation by convection;
  • More efficient mass removal;
  • Reducing the risk of dispersing the contaminant plume by a condensing steam front as the water/contaminant mix evaporates quickly into injected air at temperatures well below 100 oC (the point of steam distillation).

Cornelsen personnel operated and optimise the remediation system continuously throughout the project and successfully met the performance parameters of our client and the operational up time requirements of 95%.  Another steam injection project is currently underway in Berlin, Germany.

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All steam injection systems and process plant is available ex stock for rapid mobilisation.  This includes all the necessary cooling and heat exchange plant as well as critical safety equipment.  No system installation will be completed without a detailed Hazard and Operability study (HAZOP) which we would expect to undertake together with our client.  Thereafter, all system infrastructure including pipework, electrical supply, control systems and safety systems are undertaken in house by Cornelsen engineers.

Cornelsen Expansion

Company News 2015 Cornelsen Expansion

2014 was Cornelsen’s busiest year.  This included the recruitment of two new engineers and our second apprentice engineer; our previous apprentice Ben now being a fully qualified Service Engineer and PLC programmer.

September 2014 also saw us break ground on a new office and workshop facility near Bristol.   This new development allows us to centralize all our UK process plant at a secure yard contained within our own new premises and provides excellent new workshop facilities for our mechanical and electrical engineers.  Together with our new office space, these new facilities will enable us to provide a higher level of service to our clients through greater efficiency in storage, maintenance and construction, whilst simultaneously providing us with a firm footing and the space for continued growth.

Purpose-built facility designed with a clear identity

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• Construction of a new building with a footprint of 476m².
• New office accommodation of 145m², with potential for an additional mezzanine floor to allow for further growth.
• Workshop provided for the repair and maintenance of plant and equipment.
• External storage area and service yard.