Works begin to remove monster 64-metre fatberg in Sidmouth Sewer

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:51 21 May 2019

Works to remove a 64-metre pile of hardened fat, oils and wet-wipes from a Sidmouth sewer have begun.

The giant fatberg which is longer than six double decker buses hit the national headlines after it was discovered under The Esplanade, by South West Water.

It is believed to be the biggest discovered in South West Water's history and the largest one in Devon and Cornwall.

Workers began to tackle the beast on Monday (February 4). It is estimated that it will take around eight weeks to remove, with works costing around £130,000.

Workers are having to use full breathing apparatus and a combination of manual labour, pickaxes and special sewer-jetting equipment.

A fatberg is formed like a snowball - as wet-wipes get flushed down toilets, fat oils and grease congeal together, gradually forming a hard mass.

At the time of its discovery, a South West Water spokesman said fatbergs of this size are expected in cites but not in towns like Sidmouth, where it is almost unheard of.

South West Water said they started setting up the compound on Monday (February 4).

Workers are doing 3D scans to get a better idea of the fatberg's dimensions and condition today (Tuesday) before starting the removal works on Wednesday (February 4).

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