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Shoot: Dismantling of Odin Gas Extraction Platform in Norway

Greenpeace today welcomed the start of the operation to bring ashore for dismantling the recently decommissioned Odin platform off the West coast of Norway. The operators of the platform, Esso, had previously proposed to dump the 7000 tonne steel jacket of its Odin rig into the North Sea. The Norwegian government then refused permission to dump and stated that the entire structure should be brought ashore, a decision which Greenpeace strongly supported.

"The fact that the Odin platform and jacket are being brought ashore illustrates the feasibility of on-shore dismantling, recycling and re-use of large decommissioned offshore structures" said Paul Horsman, Greenpeace International Oil Campaigner. "The Norwegian government should be congratulated in making Esso remove their industrial waste from the sea to be dismantled in a controlled environment ashore."

More than 400 platforms exist in the area of the North Sea between the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, consisting of a total of 2.5 million tonnes of steel, 190,000 tonnes of alluminium, 180,000 tonnes of stainless steel and 170,000 tonnes of copper. Among them, there are 70 potential candidates for dumping at sea and, in order to recognize the full potential for recycle and re-use, all these platforms should be brought ashore.

Following last year's successful campaign to prevent the dumping of Shell's Brent Spar offshore installation, Greenpeace noted that all installations decommissioned since then have been brought to shore for dismantling.
Gas platform ODIN in Norway
24 Sep, 1996
Gas platform ODIN in Norway
Gas platform ODIN in Norway
24 Sep, 1996
Gas platform ODIN in Norway
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