Shell floats a greener future for the North Sea oil platform no one wanted
Tuesday 14 January 1997
The alternative (2) is to place a platform beneath it, attached to a large barge on the surface. Powerful winches would then lift the structure a few metres at a time. The portion lifted above the sea would be sliced off using cutting gear, removed by a crane and taken to land by barge - then the Spar would be lifted a few metres again for the next section to be cut away.
Once ashore (3), the uppermost 'topsides' of the Spar could be turned into an onshore training centre. Alternatively, the whole 14,500-tonne structure could simply become metal scrap, be sliced into giant rings which would support a pier (4), or form the foundation of artificial reefs (5),which would curb coastal erosion.
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