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Grouting rig trialled in Scottish mine filling projects


NORWEST HOLST Soil Engineering's grouting division has been awarded a series of bulk mine filling projects in Scotland worth £3M.

Work includes backfilling limestone workings in Gilmerton, Edinburgh, involving placing 1,500t to 2,000t of grout per day. In Airdrie, the firm is trialling a new high production rig supplied by Boart Longyear. Both jobs are due for completion in late summer.

The firm established a permanent base in Scotland last summer, opening an office and laboratory in Livingston to extend its geotechnical and geoenvironmental services across the region. It is managed by Alan Wotherspoon.

Since then, the office has worked on a wide range of projects. These include major site investigations completed in early 2004 at Arisaig and the A9 at Ord, both for the Scottish Executive.Work has also recently been completed on a number of isolated wind farm projects using specialist boring plant to cope with difficult access in environmentally sensitive areas.

The geotechnical laboratory achieved UKAS accreditation at the start of 2004. The laboratory also works in conjunction with the firm's environmental testing laboratory ECoS Environmental at Bradford to provide contamination testing and monitoring services.

lDr Trevor Reid joined the Livingston management team in March as senior engineering geologist. He has extensive international experience in rock mechanics and will develop the firm's expertise regionally and nationally.

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