This is the Heather Alpha Platform, 100nm NE of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands. The oil field was discovered in the early 70s and by the late 70s was producing oil. It lies in one of the most prolific oil producing areas in the North Sea, close to the huge Brent and Ninian fields.
To give some idea of scale, the helideck (the green patch on the far left hand corner) is 22m in diameter, making the overall platform about the same size as a soccer pitch. It stands in around 140m of water and the overall weight is about 30,000 tonnes.
This is just one example of the incredible engineering feats that goes unnoticed by the majority of the population.
Auto levels applied. Technically not a great pic, but I just wanted to show how difficult the petrol that fills our cars is won.
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- Copyright: Ben Clarke (Boomerangben) (125)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D80, NIKOR 18-70 DX, Skylight
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-03 3:48