Sagro Decom in Vlissingen-Oost has recently dismantled a special topside coming from a natural gas field in the southern North Sea. The special thing about this platform is that event company NEWSUBSTANCE has given it a new lease of life in its SEE MONSTER art project. For this purpose, the old platform in England has been placed on a new ‘jacket’.
Normally, such a topside is cut into pieces, after which it goes to a steel smelter. In this case, however, it is being reused for the art project in which the transition from fossil energy to renewables is beautifully portrayed. Sagro was asked to dismantle the platform at the end of last year.
Bare main structure
“That stripping involved, among other things, the removal of all pipes, tanks and hazardous substances in such a way that only the bare main structure remained which actually had to be returned to England as a kind of construction kit”, says Abco Liek, project manager at Sagro Decom.
However, the company explained that it was much more convenient to put it on a barge. That advice was followed: the platform was sailed to the beach, put on Mammoet ‘carts’ and transported to the project location. The topside is now being usefully redeployed in England in the form of a subsidised art project.
“Renewable energy, a waterfall and a number of trees are now to be found on the old platform, which has been placed on a new base. It depicts the transition from old to new energy”, Abco continues.
A green future and a sustainable partnership
Brought to life by creative studio NEWSUBSTANCE, this topside platform, will be reimagined as an extraordinary art installation. We are so proud to announce that Sagro Decom is part of the biggest and most ambitious creative programme ever presented on UK shores.
We are grateful that we can contribute to this great project: A reminder of the industrial past and an amazing symbol of our journey towards a sustainable circular future.