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A NORTH Tyneside decommissioning project has got underway with the arrival of the North Sea gas platform.

A project to decommission offshore North Sea gas steel platforms has begun at the former Swan Hunter shipyard on the River Tyne owned by North Tyneside Council.

The structure, which is 17 storeys high, arrived on a barge from the Shell UK Indefatigable gas field, 75 kilometres offshore in the Southern North Sea. It is the first of eight barges scheduled to arrive at the shipyard over four months.

Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc will dismantle these structures with its offshore decommissioning partner, Peterson SBS, who will provide logistics support, marine management and load-in services.

The project brings the Swan Hunter shipyard, which was established in 1860 and ceased shipbuilding last decade, back into service. However Swan Hunter still continues to operate in the marine, design and engineering field.

It is planned to safely decommission 10,500 tonnes of redundant gas platform parts from April to October this year with a target recycling rate of 98 per cent.

The work is set to directly create 35 jobs and contribute at least a million pounds to the local economy.

Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc will operate the facility under an Environment Agency permit with a bespoke health and safety and environmental management system and comprehensive environmental reporting.