Yorkshire Water’s presence in Scarborough is expanding as drilling work continues on the North Bay while emergency repairs are carried out on a outflow pipe from Mccain Foods.
A giant rig took up residency off the coast at Wheatcroft after an outflow pipe, used by the McCain factory in Cayton to dishcharge potato washings into the sea, sprouted a leak.
The rig took around three weeks to seal the pipe, with the repair work completed on Friday 19.
McCain Foods would not comment on the leak, however a spokesman from Yorkshire Water, which carried out the repair, said: “Earlier this month we started working off the coast at Wheatcroft to repair a fracture in one of our long sea outfall pipes.
“This pipe discharges waste water from the washing and processing of vegetables into the sea, and had been leaking for a few months.
“The leak hasn’t shown any impact on the adjacent bathing beaches at Cayton Bay or Scarborough.
“Because of the difficulty in fixing it due to its location lots of planning was needed before we could carry out the repair. We had to use a mobile rig which is used at other locations along the coast.
“We are pleased to say that we have now successfully completed the repair. Tests have confirmed that the leak has stopped and we will continue to monitor the pipe on an ongoing basis.”
The rig near Cayton Bay appeared alongside a new drilling rig errected on the North Bay opposite The Sands.
The drilling work is continuing the investigations carried out by a floating barge which arrived in the North Bay in August.
Both tests are being carried out by Yorkshire Water ahead of its plans to install new storm overflow pipes next year as part of its £50 million project to improve the quality of Scarborough’s beaches.
Matt Thompson, spokesman for Yorkshire Water, said: “The drilling work we are carrying out is all part of testing. We are taking soil samples to see what the ground is made up of so we can see how and where we will put these big pipes so that the ground will be able to cope with it.
“We want to get it right first time when it comes to installing the strom overflow pipes.”
The drilling investigations sit next to work being carried out by the water authority at the Toll House, which will see the excavation of two huge storm water storage tanks.
The project has seen Marine Drive reduced to one way operation since the summer, and was due to lead to the complete closure of Marine Drive over the winter.
However an engineering solution has been devised by contractors Morgan Sindall Grontmij to allow for the road to remain open in its current one-way format.
Yorkshire Water’s £50 million investment in projects in Scarborough has been made in an effort to ensure the town reaches the new “Excellent” standard for bathing water quality when new standards come into force in 2015 as part of the European Revised Bathing Water Directive.
It is also hoped Blue Flags will be secured for both the North Bay and South Bay in the future.
The company has been working with other organisations including Scarborough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the Environment Agency and Welcome to Yorkshire.