Shell will today start to dismantle the Brent Delta platform in the UKCS, one of the world’s most iconic and famous oil fields, which produced 500,000 b/oe daily at its peak, representing over 50pc of the country’s total output. The former industry cornerstone is now being decommissioned in the face of dwindling output. The topside of the platform, weighing 23,500 tonnes, will be transported by ship to Teesside for demolition onshore.
Public consultation for the future of the steel structure will now begin, with various ideas, including a wind farm, entertainment complex and casino and even offshore prison facility, all being rejected in favour of total removal.
The Project Director of the decommissioning work, Alistair Hope, said that he hoped the public would engage in the consultation, adding that the Brent field was a historical and significant national asset that had added billions of pounds to the country’s economy and created thousands of sustainable jobs during its lifetime.