GALLERY: Giant Pioneering Spirit vessel removes another Brent platform for Shell

first_imgProduction from the field continues through Brent Charlie, with Pioneering Spirit booked to remove the 34,000-t topsides when the platform finally ceases production. According to Allseas, the removal of Brent Alpha was the first offshore lift to utilise specially developed “horseshoes”: connection tools that clamp around pre-installed lift points called bearing brackets mounted on the upper sections of the steel jacket’s legs. All photos by Allseas Connecting the horseshoesMoving away from the jacket Shell selected the Pioneering Spirit vessel for all four jobs. Brent Alpha is the third of four platforms, after Delta (2017) and Bravo (2019), to be decommissioned and removed from the Brent oil and gas field. Located 186 km off the northeast coast of the Shetland Islands, Brent Alpha comprised a topsides structure supported by a steel six-legged jacket standing in 140 m of water. Like Delta and Bravo, the Alpha topsides features multiple decks with living quarters, power generation, process systems, drilling derrick, flare stack and other platform facilities. The Brent Alpha topsides removal project involved engineering, preparation, removal and disposal of the 94 m tall, 52 m wide structure. Pioneering Spirit will now deliver the 44-year old structure to Able UK’s Teesside decommissioning yard in North East England for dismantling and recycling. Allseas’ heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit has completed its first decommissioning job of this summer, the single-lift removal of Shell’s Brent Alpha platform from the North Sea. Several years of planning and 15 months of offshore preparation, including strengthening and cutting the steel jacket’s six legs, culminated in the 9-second “fast lift” of the 17,000-t topsides in the evening of 21 June 2020, Allseas reported on Monday. As with the two previous Brent jobs, Pioneering Spirit will transport the Alpha topsides to a nearshore location off the Hartlepool coastline, where it will be transferred to Allseas’ cargo barge Iron Lady for the final leg of its journey by towage up the Seaton Channel and load-in to the quay at Able UK.last_img read more

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Nigeria police rescue 300 workers factory

first_imgFrom the end of March the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the mill in the northern city of Kano. Police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna said the plant had now been shut down and the owners were being investigated for “holding the men against their will.” ABUJA – Police in Nigeria have rescued 300 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown. The workers were promised an additional $13 a month on top of their $72 monthly salary – those who did not accept were threatened with the sack. Some of the men say were forced to work most of the time during their incarceration, with little food.center_img Five managers at the Indian-owned mill have been arrested. The men slept inside the warehouse for about three months and were not allowed out. HAMZA IBRAHIM PHOTO “We were allowed to rest for only a short time, no prayers were allowed, no family visits,” 28-year-old Hamza Ibrahim, one of those rescued, told the BBC’s Mansur Abubakar in Kano. (BBC)last_img read more

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