‘Gas Rig Strip Down’ was an insightful programme on BBC2 earlier this week. It showed the North Sea Gas installation, the Lima Platform, being pulled from the sea by floating cranes, brought back to Newcastle, and then broken up into pieces for recycling. But as well as showing this decommissioning process, the programme also explored the values and attitudes of the engineers that worked on the platform. It demonstrated how working and living on the platform created emotional bonds to the structure, and how they felt about it being broken up.
This is one of three programmes about engineering that focuses on what to do with large structures once they have no more use. The other two programmes featured a jumbo jet and a ferry.