Camera crews have filmed safety operations being carried out at the Mosul Dam in Iraq for the first time ever.
Italy-based foundation works specialist Trevi is carrying out maintenance and repairs of the dam which is deemed a ‘high structural risk’.
Trevi has trained Iraqi workers on how to use advanced equipment to carry out the maintenance grouting and rehabilitation of the bottom outlet tunnels at an on-site training school.
In 2016 the US Embassy in Iraq raised concerns that the dam faces a “serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure” with little warning. It said that if the 11.1bn.m3 dam collapses, some areas could be inundated by up to 21m of water within hours. The risk came after a so-called Islamic State attack on the facility in August 2014 and the subsequent disruption of maintenance operations.
Trevi won the £215M contract for the dam repairs and work started around two years ago.