• Short Summary

    Final preparations are being made to tow the world's biggest oil production platform a fjord at Stavanger, Norway, to the Shell/Esso Brent oil field 253 miles (407 Kilometres) away in the North Sea.

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    Final preparations are being made to tow the world's biggest oil production platform a fjord at Stavanger, Norway, to the Shell/Esso Brent oil field 253 miles (407 Kilometres) away in the North Sea.

    The 100 million (US $220 million) oil rig is twice the height of a 30-storey building.

    Apart from being the tallest and most expensive in the world, it is also the heaviest. It will stand in the deepest water an oil platform has yet been placed, on the most northerly site yet use -- the same latitude as Alaska.

    The platform will be towed by five tugs to the Brent field, 122 miles (180.2 Kilometres) north-east of the Shetland Islands.

    The journey is expected to take 10 days at an average speed of 1.5 knots.

    It will then have ballast poured into it until the concrete planform sinks to the sea bed - but when the derrick has been erected, 353 feet (107.6 meters), the height of a 25-storey building, will remain above the waves.

    The platform is expected to produce its first oil in the second quarter of 1976. It has maximum capacity of 160,000 barrels a day, and is one of four to be placed on the Shell/Esso field.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6W0C3FR8DDFYWHFHJ8IG5LBUZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6W0C3FR8DDFYWHFHJ8IG5LBUZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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