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Shell Defies Gravity, Breaks Record When They Lift and Move a 25,000-Pound Oil Rig in 9 Seconds

While scrolling YouTube, there is this way for the site to pull us in and have us wondering about things that we had never thought of before. For example, I don’t think that I ever would’ve been walking along and wondered how exactly oil rigs end up getting decommissioned. However, with a catchy title and thumbnail, I was instantly hooked in and so were over 2 million other people as the Shell oil company explained to us how it all works.

In fact, when the oil rig by the name of “Brent Delta” was decommissioned, the company set a world record in the process.

Weighing in at 25,000 tons and located in the middle of nothing but water, it’s kind of crazy to think about how these rigs are eventually put out of use. At the end of the day, the company responsible for them can’t just push them into the sea. Instead, they have to figure out a way to transition the rig from its home in the water to a more land-bound place. So how exactly they do it?

If you were to ask me, I probably would’ve guessed that they just cut it up in little pieces and take it, piece by piece, back to land. Instead, though, the 25,000-ton structure would be lifted up and taken back to land where it would be cut down into steel bits. This gives rise to another question of how exactly someone would go about recycling that much steel!

By following along with the video below, get we get the answers to all these questions and more. When we check in with marvels of engineering like this. It’s incredibly easy to be absolutely amazed! When seeing something like this in action that almost seems to defy physics, there’s no telling what they’ll think of next.


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