What to do after an oil rig dies?

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We all may surmise how difficult process is to get rid of an oil rig. Many of you might have heard of the problem connected with Brent Spar. In 1991, Shell’s authorities decided to end its life. During a year there had been carried analysis of how most efficiently and with the least damage to the environment its life should have been ended. Studies commissioned by Shell in research institutes and universities indicated that the best and least harmful method of getting rid of the platform is its submergence on the open sea. The decision was taken after consultation with the relevant British authorities and approved by them in February 1995.
Month later Greenpeace has released a statement on the sinking of Brent Spar. Its tone was clear. Shell’s management unsuccessfully attempted to engage a dialogue relying on experts opinions, which made it clear that such solution is the best for the environment.
Greenpeace went from words to actions an occupied the platform. All battle was showed in media and media clamor soon swept through Europe. In Germany there have been 200 attacks on Shell gas stations, including setting two bombs and one case of firing.
These incidents caused the fact that Shell relented and gave up the plans to sink Brant Spar. The oil rig was towed to Norway and there pulled down. After that came to light a lie of Greenpeace. Their crowning argument was that the platform tanks contained more than 5,500 tons of oil, which was not true.
There comes the question. If this is so complicated to pull down an oil rig, perhaps we should use it in another way. But how? Let’s read some ideas. Many of them may seems impracticable for you, but some are really worth your attention.

1. A stunning place to visit on holiday.

Picture checking into this luxurious resort: surrounded by crystal clear seas, with water sports on tap and one heck of a rooftop pool. In 2009, these designs won Morris Architects a $10,000 prize for Radical Innovation in Hospitality. Their proposal sees an oil rig transformed into a plush holiday resort, complete with palm trees, glossy lobby and spa. All holidaymakers love hotels with sea views and this would take that concept to the next level – and transform an industrial building into a thing of beauty.


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2. Museum

Seems incredible? Have you known that is does already exist? Less than an hour from Houston, Texas there is a place situated on the retired jack-up drilling rig, called Offshore Energy Center. There you can visit museum, attend in scout programs, overnight programs and even buy some oil field gifts for your family.


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3. Diving center

It also does exist. The five star diving centre – Seaventures, located between Borneo, The Philippines and Indonesia, offers its guests basic accommodation and a unique diving experience.


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4. Luxurious apartments

Luxurious homes with a sea breeze and incredible ocean views. Sadly, they don’t exist yet – but that doesn’t mean they won’t. The vision of two Malaysian architects Ku Yee Kee and Hor Sue Wern to transform oil platforms into luxurious apartments won an award in a skyscraper competition in 2011. Their idea also includes eco-friendly equipment like wind farms and subaqua spaces for marine biology research.


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Do you have any other ideas?

Sources: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/greenpeaces-brent-spar-apology-1599647.html, jonesoil.ie, http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2002509,00.html
Main image source: http://bldgblog.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/hotelier-of-sea.html>

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Agata Gruszczak

Editor in YoungPetro, fourth year student of Mining and Geology at the Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas at AGH University of Science and Technology, member of AGH UST Student Chapter. Interested in enhanced oil recovery and unconventional resources. Keen on Scandinavian culture, reading fantastic literature.

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