MTS returns to Ascension Island

MTS is making a second visit to the remote Ascension Island in March 2015 to help ensure a continued safe fresh water supply.

Brothers Ray and Laurence Johnson from our CCTV survey team will spend two weeks inspecting the condition of pipes supplying the island’s drinking water. There are 10,000 metres of over ground pipeline which need to be checked for corrosion and leaks every five years.

Once again our high-spec camera equipment will be shipped out ahead of our experienced team who will fly from RAF Brize Norton.

Ascension Island is a unique sub-tropical volcanic island in the South Atlantic, covering an area of 34 square miles. It is part of a British Overseas Territory together with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

There is no indigenous or permanent population on Ascension, the inhabitants are the employees of the organisations working on the island and their families. Only around 880 people live there, mostly British citizens either from St Helena or the UK.

The island has had an interesting history and played a key role in the Second World War when more than 25,000 US planes passed through its “Wideawake Field” airstrip. The Americans re-established their presence in the 1950s and in 1967 a NASA tracking station on the island supported the Apollo lunar landing programme. In 1982 Ascension Island supported operations in the Falkland Islands and a RAF detachment remains to support the Falklands garrison.

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