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Daily pumping of water from Rubislaw Quarry resumesDaily pumping of water from Rubislaw Quarry resumes

For the first time in over 40 years the daily pumping of water from one of Europe’s largest man-made holes has started again at Aberdeen’s 140 m deep by 120 m diameter Rubislaw Quarry. There were growing concerns that the rising waters could eventually lead to flooding.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam, “flicked the switch” to start pumping water from the five-acre quarry, which is credited with giving Aberdeen its Granite City name.

When quarrying ceased at the site in 1969 the daily pumping of water also stopped so the 140 m (450 ft) deep hole is almost full of rainwater.

The quarry was bought by Sandy Whyte and Hugh Black in 2010 and since then the owners have worked closely with the Roads Section of Aberdeen City Council to find a solution to the potential flood risk, which local residents have been concerned about for a number of years.

With the construction of an outfall chamber, installation of an electrical supply, pumping equipment provided by SLD Pumps and Power and a flotation buoy from the Balmoral Group, the risk of flooding no longer exists.

Hugh Black, co-director of Rubislaw Quarry, said: “This official ceremony not only marks the first time water has been pumped from Rubislaw Quarry in over 40 years but it is another step forward in our ambition to breathe life back into Rubislaw Quarry.”

SLD Pumps and Power to play key role in pumping out the landmark quarry in Scotland’s ‘Granite City’

Until recently the depth of Rubislaw QuarryQuarry used for survey

The new MB1 multibeam was put through its paces during a recent survey of the flooded quarry.

Seatronics and NCS Survey were kind enough to allow Teledyne Odom personnel use their survey vessel for a couple of hours to test the MB1 to see how it compared against the NCS Survey Subsea Visualisation System (SVS3).

Until recently the depth of Rubislaw Quarry was unknown and despite the short set up time and challenging environment the system performed well and produced the image alongside. [CWMAGS]

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