Morrison Water Services Successfully Completes Spray Lining of Fractured Rising Wastewater Main at Hatfield Colliery

Morrison Water Services, a part of M Group Services, has completed the successful spray lining of a 600mm cast iron wastewater rising main at Hatfield Colliery in Doncaster.

The work was delivered on behalf of Yorkshire Water following a significant failure on the fractured wastewater main, laid in challenging ground conditions, 12m below a stretch of East Coast Main Line track.

Temporary pumps were quickly installed and connected to the existing automated control systems to mitigate the flows (up to 350 l/s) and large bulk, 12-metre stepped excavation works were undertaken to locate and repair the fractured main.

Following the successful completion of the repair, a key priority was to safeguard the main against any potential future failures in the vicinity of the railway and in its deepest sections. The critical location of the main, along with the complex engineering that would be required to resolve any future failures, were key drivers behind the proposal to extend the asset life through the spray lining technique.

Delivering Durability
The spray lining solution was delivered using Axalta Corroless ACO Wasteseal material, a sprayable structural composite lining formulated as a carbon fibre reinforced, solvent-free and hybrid polyurethane coating. Navigating 22 identified half bends and 11 quarter bends, the lining head was used to apply a 6mm coating of the Axalta material through the rising main.

In 2020, Morrison Water Services achieved WRc (Water Research Centre) accreditation for the insitu spray lining of sewer pipelines using the Axalta material and a specially converted Schur SR1000 Pipe Coating Rig in 2020. The coating is designed to deliver the strength and durability to be at least equal to the 50-year design life of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liners.

As well as increasing the asset life, the decision to spray line the main delivered significant environmental and commercial benefits. With just two excavations required either side of the railway line, the process proved to be less environmentally disruptive and enabled a significantly reduced programme that was completed in just four days.

The project also provided an opportunity for Morrison Water Services to collaborate with sister M Group Services business, IWJS, a leading provider of services to wastewater networks. The IWJS team undertook a gyroscopic survey of the main as part of the pre-works investigation and to inform the design process. A flail jet unit was then deployed to clean the main before it was drag scraped using a Schur Pipe Scraper (manufactured specifically for this project, to negotiate bends in the pipe), to remove any remaining deposits.

Successful lining
Following completion of the works, Jonathon LeMoine, Senior Project Manager at Yorkshire Water, commented: “We have some massive efficiencies to achieve this AMP in both financial and carbon. Lining will help drive these efficiencies through our programme and allow us to deliver more for less whilst significantly reducing our carbon footprint. We are excited to get going and reap the rewards that lining will bring.”

Morrison Water Services Head of Business Progression, Liam Saddler commented: “Spray lining is a critical tool that can play a vital role in delivering the carbon and efficiency challenges faced by many of our clients. Applying the lining material will not only protect the asset from future failures in such a critical and complex environment, it will also significantly increase the asset life, with the material designed to remain intact after the original rising main fully deteriorates.

“In the demanding AMP7 environment, the asset health deterioration of clean and wastewater infrastructure pipelines is creating a need for alternative approaches to pipeline replacement. The benefits of the spray lining material, and the quality of our application, have been proven in water networks over several decades and we are delighted to have this opportunity to play an important role in extending the asset life of sewerage infrastructure.”




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About Morrison Water Services
Morrison Water Services offers a full range of water and wastewater essential infrastructure services on behalf of asset owners across the UK water sector, working collaboratively with clients to deliver a diverse portfolio that includes operational support and capital delivery programmes. Its services range from metering, to repair and maintenance, through to innovative network renovation solutions and full turnkey, new build project delivery including MEICAT services. Morrison Water Services is a part of M Group Services.

About IWJS
IWJS is one of the UK’s leading providers of services to wastewater networks. With services including sewer cleansing and pipe rehabilitation services, IWJS offers a complete, one-stop solution for clients on a nationwide basis.

About M Group Services
M Group Services delivers a range of essential infrastructure services within the water, energy, transport and telecommunication sectors in the UK. The Group has built and maintained relationships with clients over a number of years and is a trusted employer to approximately 10,000 people working from over 200 locations.