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Shipbreaking bonanza to hit the Highlands of Scotland?

Shipbreaking bonanza to hit the Highlands of Scotland?

London: So great is the demand for shipbreaking around the world that a long mothballed oil yard in the Highlands of Scotland is looking at rejigging its facilities to recycle ships and rigs, BBC News reports.
DSM Demolition is to set out its plans for mothballed Nigg in Easter Ross, to Energy Minister Jim Mather.
Mark Cummings, of DSM, said Nigg was unique to the UK.
He said: "Breaking up ships or breaking up oil rigs does come at a cost, but the consequences of leaving these facilities to rot in the sea is worse."
The Nigg yard was opened in the early 70s to construct platforms for the North Sea oil and gas industry.
It has one of the largest dry docks in Europe, 45,570 sq m of covered workshop and almost 70 acres of yard space. As North Sea production dwindled it ran out of business.
Demolition yards in south Asia are inundated with business at the moment.  [30/07/09]

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