Poor Apple.

The tech giant with profits of £1 trillion has posted warnings as people are no longer upgrading their iPhones as much but holding on to them for longer than Tim Cook would like them to.

Being fully aware of this, they’ve concentrated their efforts on growing services like Apple TV and Apple Music, to challenge the likes of Netflix, Google, Amazon and Spotify.

You didn’t visit an offshore company’s website though to learn all about the shelf life of an iPhone, but to have that titular question answered:

What is the lifespan of an offshore rig and turbine?

We won’t keep you hanging on and tell you immediately – the lifespan is generally recognised to be between 20 to 30 years.

Removing these structures is expensive, very expensive in fact:

The paper itself mentions that the 7,500 oil and gas platforms, and the up to 20,000 wind turbines in the ocean would cost up to €100bn ($118bn) to remove. Not a small amount. After looking into the research paper, it was co-authored by North Sea Futures, a non-for-profit that works to bridge the divide between offshore structures and environmental concerns.

There have been alternative solutions mooted to prevent these costs and one of them is very interesting, we think.

Oil rigs become a natural environment for sea life:

We also see many more porpoises around oil rigs than in the surrounding sea,” says Jonas Teilmann, a senior researcher from Aarhus University. “In, for example, the North Sea, an old oil rig will have the same function as a natural stone reef.

You can see the sense in this, but we do need to proceed carefully in assessing the impact of removing and leaving rigs and turbines.

Read more about decommissioning here and if you’ve any questions about rig longevity (or your iPhone) contact Envision Engineering today.