Brent spar disposal requires new approach

Brent Spar Layout [58269 bytes] New structural analysis shows offshore dismantling of the derelict Brent spar loading buoy will be trickier than first expected and a new solution must be found. So says Shell U.K. Exploration & Production, which disclosed those conclusions at a recent press conference (OGJ, July 15, p. 29). Shell Expro, the operating joint venture of Shell U.K. Ltd. and Esso Exploration & Production U.K. Ltd., also unveiled a list of contractors working on outline proposals for disposal of the spar. Earlier ideas infeasible Shell said previous concepts for offshore dismantling of the spar for onshore disposal are not feasible because likely stresses in the...

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