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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Spontaneous combustion?

In recent weeks we’ve been drilling a number of boreholes in the dam and reviewing our findings. These have shown that much of the downstream face of the dam is made up of colliery spoil, and as a result, we have had to consider the possibility that when the dam dries out, and is exposed […]

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Bogs and boreholes!

In the next couple of weeks, our contractors Galliford Try, will be on site to carry out some enabling works and further tests. The first job for the team will be to lay a temporary road at the foot of the dam, so that a drilling rig can be used to drill boreholes in the […]

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Testing 123

As part of the preparations for the dam works our engineering team has been working with the team from Galliford Try, on a whole range of tests and pre-building works. From checks on rock eating bacteria (we’ll explain later!) to tests to make sure the dam isn’t likely to spontaneously combust (yes you read it […]

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Lots of people have asked us whether we’re still on track to start refilling the reservoir at the end of this year – as the signs around the reservoir and dam show. Well, work is set to start on the dam in the next few weeks, and provided all goes according to plan, we’re still […]

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Thanks for your patience

Hi blog readers. I want to say thanks (and apologise) for being a bit quiet over the last month or so. As most of you will know, we run this blog either out of hours, or during spare moments at work. Over the summer holidays, with members of the team away, and also with being […]

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