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Rigs to recreation – Transforming decommissioned topside into SEE MONSTER

ABL Group was commissioned to provide owner’s engineering services for marine operations relating to the innovative UK SEE MONSTER project – a public art installation transformed from a decommissioned topside by creative studio NEWSUBSTANCE.

The SEE MONSTER project is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK – a  once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity, taking place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and online from March to October 2022.

“SEE MONSTER is the centerpiece of UNBOXED 2022, which aims to showcase the UK’s innovation and creativity to the world. Re-purposing a decommissioned topside to be transformed for the benefit of the public, into an art installation provoking discussions on sustainability, is a first-of-a-kind project, which we are really proud to be involved in from the outset.”

Nicholas Kaczynski, ABL Project Manager

The SEE MONSTER topside weighs 450 tonnes and was lifted off an SPMT in the bay of Weston-super-Mare, where it has recently been transported from the Netherlands, for final drop-off at its site of installation in the Tropicana.

ABL Group’s scope of work

ABL’s operations in Aberdeen were contracted by NEWSUBSTANCE – a UK-based creative studio, leading the SEE MONSTER project – to provide owner’s engineering services for the marine operations package across 3 phases of development – R&D, development and engineering, and project implementation.

Deliverables included:

© Nicholas Kaczynski, 2022 – SEE MONSTER topside arrival to Weston-super-Mare.

“Our long history in decommissioning operations, from feasibility, to engineering and operations, meant we were well-placed to support the delivery of marine operations relating to this project. It also aligns with our group commitment to supporting energy and oceans to look at a more sustainable future. This project is pioneering in showcasing positive ways in which decommissioned rigs can be repurposed.”

Nicholas Kaczynski

Find out more about ABL Group’s turn-key service offering in supporting decommissioning of offshore assets: