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    The enclosed film shows the record-breaking pipe construction operation being carried out to the north-east of Shetland.

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    The enclosed film shows the record-breaking pipe construction operation being carried out to the north-east of Shetland.

    The film is 210 feet of mute colour 16mm. It is Shell copyright. It can be used without charge only for news, current affairs and documentary purposes.

    A pipe construction operation which has set new world records is being carried out on two separate locations to the north-east of Shetland. At the peak of the work this summer it will involve 1,000 men in 30 ships at a cost of about 200,000 a day.

    The work has created these world records:
    (1) The laying of the most northerly offshore pipelines in the open sea. These are in the same latitude as much of Alaska.

    (2) The biggest - 36 inch - diameter pipeline to be laid so far to the north offshore in the world.

    (3) The first major lines to be laid in the area which has the worst weather yet found in world-wide offshore operations in the open sea.

    By the time the work has been completed in 1976 the 36 inch line will have been laid in the deepest water in which pipe of this size has been placed anywhere in the world - at 530 feet. Already pipe has been laid in 500 feet of water.

    On both locations the work has been commissioned by Shell U.K. Exploration and Production Limited, acting as operator for itself and its partners. The two operations are:
    (1) The building of a 36 inch pipeline between Shetland and the site of the Cormorant production platform. Shell Expro is acting here for the 17 companies associated in the Brent System. This includes the pipeline, the Cormorant platform and a Shetland shore terminal. The Shell/Esso joint venture has nearly 70% of the shareholding in the System.

    (2) The laying of pipelines of smaller size in the area of the Brent field, about 120 miles north-east of ??? Shetland landfall of the 36 inch pipe. Here Shell Expro is acting for the Shell/Esso joint venture only.

    A Press release giving full details of the Shetland pipe laying operation is available.

    Some of these lines will take oil from the Shell/Esso Brent and Dunlin fields and feed it into the platform on the Shell/Esso Cormorant field to be pumped into the Brent System pipeline.

    The film shows the building of the 36 inch line. It will run for 91.5 miles from the landfall at Firths Voe in Shetland to the site where the Cormorant production platform is to be placed. In the early 1980s a million barrels of oil a day will flow through this line from five fields. Four-fifths of the route is in water at least 400 feet deep.

    The film begins with the pipe being pulled ashore at Shetland, and continues with scenes on Lay Barge 23 at sea. These scenes are entirely representative of the work still continuing at sea on both locations. (The only difference is that the barge in the Brent area is laying smaller pipe.) The film falls into four sections:

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