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NORTH SEA End of the line for Brent Bravo.

Shell's giant Brent Bravo platform has been removed from the North Sea by the Allseas' heavy lift and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit.

The single-piece removal of the 25,000 tonne topsides was completed yesterday morning.

The entire operation took four hours from positioning the vessel around the platform to the moment of the lift, although the actual "fast lift" took only nine seconds", according to Allseas.

Brent Bravo is the second of four platforms, after Brent Delta in 2017, to be decommissioned and removed from the Brent oil and gas field.

Shell has used Allseas Pioneering Spirit to remove both North Sea platforms.

Allseas said the 410ft tall, 230ft wide Brent Bravo structure was being transported to a location off the coast of Hartlepool.

It will then be transferred to Allseas' cargo barge Iron Lady for the final leg of its journey, towage up the Seaton Channel and on to the quay at Able UK's yard on Teesside for dismantling.

The Brent field lies about 115 miles northeast of Shetland and started production in 1976. It is the home of the international benchmark standard for crude oil used today.

"The platform will then go to Teesside for dismantling"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Jun 19, 2019
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