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North Sea oil: The £30bn break-up

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Kiran Stacey and Alan Livsey

Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.18.28The Pioneering Spirit, a catamaran the length of five jumbo jets, will next year sidle up to Royal Dutch Shell’s Brent Delta oil platform in the North Sea, 115 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands.

In doing so, the ship will have undertaken the heaviest lift ever attempted in the North Sea. More significantly it will also have begun what is expected to be a wave of decommissioning across the North Sea, as oil companies struggling with low prices shut down production and pack up one of the UK’s most successful industries of the past 50 years.

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