The Brent Bravo topside oil platform is transported on the barge ‘Iron Lady’ into the mouth of the River Tees on route to the Able UK Seaton Port site for decommissioning on June 20, 2019 in Teesport, England.
The 24,800 tonne oil platform was transported to an area off the Hartlepool coast by the largest heavy lift vessel ever built, ‘Pioneering Spirit’ from the Shell Brent oil fields that are situated 115 miles north-east of Lerwick in Scotland.
After arriving off the coast of Hartlepool the 410ft high platform was transferred to the barge to be towed into the mouth of the River Tees. This is the second oil platform to be removed from the Shell Brent oil field with the sister platform, ‘Brent Delta’ decommissioned at the same site in 2017. (See my posts here of the Brent Delta decommissioning)
Once at the Able UK site Brent Bravo will be broken down with some parts being re-sold and the rest scrapped and re-cycled. At its peak in 1982 the four Shell platforms in the Brent field were producing more than half a million barrels of oil a day. Production at the field was stopped in 2011.
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