Tyne & Wear

Swan Hunter is back in business decomissioning gas rigs

The first of eight barges arriving on a barge
Image caption The structure arrived on a barge from the gas field, 75 kilometres offshore in the Southern North Sea

The decommissioning of offshore North Sea gas steel platforms has begun at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Tyneside.

A 17-storey platform has already arrived; the first of eight barges due to arrive at the shipyard over the next four months.

The work is set to directly create 35 jobs and contribute at least £1m to the local economy.

Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc will be taking on the project and have a recycling target of 98%.

The Swan Hunter shipyard, established in 1860, ceased shipbuilding in the last decade, but still operate in the marine, design and engineering field.

The new plans will see 10,500 tonnes of redundant gas platform safely decommissioned from April to October 2011.

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