New lease of life for oil platform recycled by Able UK

The oil rig transformed by Able UK at its Seaton Port facility.

The oil rig transformed by Able UK at its Seaton Port facility.

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A MAMMOTH sea structure has been given a new lease of life on land thanks to a recycling project by a town firm.

Able UK has transformed the North West Hutton oil platform living quarters - the biggest ever structure removed from the North Sea – into a mobile accommodation unit providing office and welfare facilities for workers at the company’s Seaton Port facility.

And the 3,500 square yard platform, which housed oil rig workers in the North Sea for over 20 years, has now been entered for a national environmental award.

The North West Hutton platform was installed North-East of the Shetland Islands in 1981 and continued in production until 2003.

Able was awarded the contract for recycling the platform and transformed it with a £250,000 refurbishment programme to provide office space, changing rooms, catering facilities and a canteen for up to 300 people.

Able UK group development director, Neil Etherington, said: “We believe this is a great example of recycling on a grand scale. It is also a fitting tribute to British engineering that this iconic structure can now continue to service the needs of the oil and gas sector and for some of the workers who pass through the facility it will evoke nostalgic memories when they used the facility during its previous life.”

The project to transform the accommodation unit has now been shortlisted in the Green Apple Awards which aim to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.