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One of Britain's oldest and biggest oil platforms expected on Teesside

The 130 metre high Brent Delta Topside is heading for Hartlepool Photo: Shell/Allseas

One of Britain's oldest and biggest oil platforms is expected to arrive on Teesside later today for decommissioning.

The 130 metre high Brent Delta Topside is heading for Hartlepool, carried by the world's largest vessel, the Pioneering Spirit.

The oil platform will eventually be brought down the River Tees to Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool where most of it will be recycled.

24,000
The tonnage of the Brent Detla Topside, which is the equivalent of 2,500 London buses
10%
The number of the UK's North Sea oil and gas that is produced around the Brent field.
The Brent Delta topside being loaded onto the Pioneering Spirit vessel Credit: Shell/Allseas

The Allseas single-lift installation and decommissioning vessel “Pioneering Spirit”, which will bring the Brent Delta to Hartlepool, set a world lifting record with the safe and successful removal of the Brent Delta platform topsides from the North Sea on 28 April 2017.

  • Watch below as the Brent Delta topside sets sail for Teesside:

Originally the Brent Delta was located in the Brent field, approximately 186 km off the north-east coast of Shetland.

The Brent Delta topsides sat on a three-legged gravity-based structure which stands in 140m of North Sea water.

31 DEC
The date in 2011 when Brent Delta ceased production.

At its peak in 1982, the Brent field, in Britain's North Sea basin, produced more than half a million barrels a day - enough to provide energy for about half of UK homes that year.

Brent Delta ceased production in 2011 before plans to dismantle one of Britain's oldest and biggest oil platforms were announced.

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