Royal Engineers complete borehole project for BATUK

Royal Engineers in Kenya
Capt Ben Monaghan, one of the 521STRE - Water Development drilling officers hands over the completed Borehole to the DIO rep in Kenya. Photo: Facebook/521STRE

521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE) Water Development completed their work in the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) this week.

They had been working to repair BATUK’S boreholes and reduce their reliance on bottled water and water transported by HGVs.

This video shows the moment they finally managed to force the water from the aquifer below.

On the 5 May, they reached their target depth of 200m at which pint they flushed the borehole with foam and started the construction of the borehole rising main and pump installation.

Royal Engineers in Kenya
The men of 521 STRE reach their target depth of 200m. Time to flush the borehole with foam and start the construction of the borehole rising main and pump installation. Photo: Facebook/521STRE

A week later, the project was nearing completion but the team still needed to carry out the pump test and complete the headworks.

Royal Engineers in Kenya
One of the well drillers monitors the water flowing from the new borehole at MOB SIMBA on the BATUK estate. Photo: Facebook/521STRE

[CAPTION] One of the well drillers monitors the water flowing from the new borehole at MOB SIMBA on the BATUK estate.

Finally, on Tuesday, the completed borehole was officially handed over by Capt Ben Monaghan  to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation representative in Kenya.

Also while in Kenya, the team were grateful for the opportunity to sit and discuss a wide range of topics today with Corps Colonel and Corps Sergeant Major.

Throughout the project, the men have performed exceptionally, despite numerous obstacles having to be overcome throughout the task.

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