From oil rig to theme park - Green Ecologist

Table Of Contents

Help the development of the site, sharing the article with friends!

How to reuse an oil rig

In the world, there are more than 12,000 offshore oil and gas platforms. The big question is what to do with these huge structuress when fossil fuel stops flowing.

With the increase in the international agenda to curb climate change, added to the fact that disassembling them is incredibly expensive and requires a lot of labor, we have a problem!

We know that the underground structure provides the ideal skeleton for coral reefs and that some countries even have laws regulating their removal, but even so, we still have a lot of work to do.

This is where the THE RIG project. Convert an oil rig in the middle of the Persian Gulf, into a super theme park.

Of course, the proposal had to come from Saudi Arabia, one of the largest oil producers in the world and that, without a doubt, will have a difficult economic future if it does not change its mentality.

The Ring project will transform more than 150,000 square meters into adventure spaces and aquatic sports experiences

The Rig project is based on the transformation of an area of more than 150,000 square meters into adventure spaces and aquatic sports experiences.

It will have a series of tourist attractions; from roller coaster and water slides to a Ferris wheel, diving, bungee jumping and a series of adventure activities, including extreme sports.

Obviously, hotels cannot be absent; three, with a capacity for 800 rooms, restaurants, heliports and a lot of luxury, for sure.

As we already discussed in the article about how the blades of a wind generator were recycled to protect bicycles. If you can't recycle, at least reuse.

According to the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the country … "To ensure the sustainable preservation of the environment in the immediate vicinity of the project, the project will follow leading global standards and best practices, thereby supporting the Kingdom's broader environmental protection efforts."

Although we are not very convinced of the previous text. The country, whose vast wealth relies on fossil fuels, recently launched its Saudi Arabia Green Initiative, along with a Middle Eastern Green Initiative, as part of its promise to cut carbon emissions and curb desertification.

Has planned reduce emissions by planting 10 billion trees and generating 50% of its energy from renewable energy by 2030It also ratified the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, committing to take steps to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C from pre-industrial levels.

However, two months ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world's leading energy adviser, issued its harshest warning to date on global use of fossil fuels, stating that the extraction and development of new oil and gas fields must cease if the world is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Last summer, Saudi Arabia's crude exports rose to their highest level in seven months, with some 6.45 million barrels a day shipped.

According to CNBC in a statement, Saudi Arabia and Russia, two of the largest oil producers in the world, described the IEA's net emissions plan as "unrealistic" and they affirmed that they will continue investing in oil and gas as before.

Returning to the theme. But… Are there other ideas to transform these gigantic structures? In truth, little is said about this issue and if there is a project, it is rather that, a possibility for the future.

A popular example is the project X Lands from the French architecture studio XTU Architects. A conceptual design that would turn old oil rigs into plant-covered homes.

X Lands would not only provide self-sufficient housing for families, but would also transform a global symbol of pollution into a beacon of sustainability.

Offshore inoperative oil rigs could offer a very feasible solution, or as the designers say, "A sustainable path for tomorrow", to solve the looming housing crisis while tackling climate change.

The large floating structures could easily be adapted to various residential needs. Housing units protected by renewable energies and in the shape of a bubble covered with lush vegetation that provide a natural and healthy environment for residents are envisaged.

If you liked the article, rate and share!

You will help the development of the site, sharing the page with your friends
This page in other languages: