Life offshore

If you are placed offshore, you will travel to work via helicopter and will have to go through the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training. Shifts are normally 12 hours long but there is plenty to do in your spare time - go to the gym, cinema, spend time with colleagues; many will become your friends!  Food is also provided free of charge.

Have you ever wondered what life is like on an oil rig in the North Sea?

This fun and informative feature on Cygnus, the largest single producing gas field in the North Sea, has been commissioned by operator Neptune Energy and its partner Spirit Energy.

This is the first time that Google Street View has ventured to an offshore oil & gas platform and it allows users to tour Cygnus, click on explanatory notes and watch some of the workforce talk about their jobs and life on a producing North Sea gas installation.

You have the opportunity to experience areas including the helipad, wellhead, control room and accommodation, fitness, leisure and restaurant spaces. Notes provide detailed information on the structure, its role in the UK economy and explanations about life and work offshore.

Cygnus consists of two installations, Alpha and Bravo. Alpha has three platforms and Street View even allows users to brave the elements by walking across the bridges that link them. Based in the southern North Sea, approximately 150km off the UK coast, the Cygnus field has been on stream since December 2016. It contributes up to 8% of UK gas production, enough to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million UK homes.

The Cygnus field is the biggest discovery in the southern North Sea for 30 years. It exports gas via a new 55km connection to an existing pipeline, which ends at the Bacton terminal.

In the video below, the OGTAP Champions provide some insight as to why they applied to join OGTAP and what its like living away from home for the first time…



Watch the below video and follow an offshore worker as he navigates round the Shearwater platform and the facilities available offshore.


Here is an illustration of some of the latest offshore facilities: