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SALVAGING REPUTATION: Part of Shell's infamous Brent Spar oil storage platform is to find a new lease of life as the foundation for a deep water quay in Norway.

The 22 year old, 29m diameter structure was towed south to Vats, near Stavanger from its temporary base in Erfjord last month.

Demolition work on the platform will begin shortly following UK government approval for the company's

pounds26M decommissioning plans.

Over the next few months, the upper accommodation units will be scrapped and the platform's six, 92m tall segmental storage tanks will be jacked vertically out of the water and sliced into four equal height cylinders. These will form the foundations for a new deep water quay at the oil port of Mekjarvik.

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