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Hartlepool oil rig site transformed

A North East oil rig has been transformed into a working platform on land after 20 years in the North Sea.

The North West Hutton platform now accommodates 300 workers at Able UK's Seaton Port in Hartlepool.

Neil Etherington, the Group Development Director at Able UK, told ITV News that whilst the transformation was out of the ordinary for former oil rigs - it suited the needs of the current site very well.

Oil platform starts new lease of life

Staff with the huge oil platform which has been refurbished Credit: Able UK Ltd

A massive structure which used to accommodate oil rig staff has started a new lease of life on dry land in the North East.

The canteen mess of the former oil rig can accommodate 300 people Credit: Able UK Ltd

The 3000 square metre former North West Hutton oil platform has been transformed into a Mobile Accommodation Unit providing office and welfare facilities for workers at Able UK's Seaton Port.

The structure is the largest to be removed from the North Sea

It spent 20 years installed North East of the Shetland Islands and is the largest structure to be removed from the North Sea.

The 250 thousand pound project has been nominated for a Green Apple award - a national prize which celebrates environmental good practice.