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.
GV Concrete Pillars standing in sea
AERIAL VIEW OF Rigging (2 shots)
SV PAN UP FORM Water TO top part of rigging being towed by tugs to pillars (2 shots)
CU PAN Underside of platform
LV Platform being lowered onto pillars and men working on rigging (4 shots)
GV Platform on top of pillars
SV Men working on large container
LV Accommodation section being lowered onto rigging
AV Pillars with platform and accommodation section in place
SV PAN OVER Accommodation section
AV OF Oil rig with helicopter platform shown
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Background: 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.