Many of you may have wondered what life is really like offshore? To fly in a helicopter to work in the middle of the sea? To work 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight, surrounded by dangerous equipment and hazardous materials?
In the BBC Alba programme “Air na Rigs/Life Offshore”, you get a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into an often secretive world that is inaccessible to most of us. Over 70% of the UK’s primary energy comes from oil and gas, and you meet some of the men and women whose job it is to work in this challenging environment. From drillers to deckhands, caterers to controllers, this is an honest look into what it feels like to work offshore on the largest North Sea oil platform, Buzzard, and on the newest platform, Golden Eagle.
The North Sea is a hostile location and people have lost their lives on the rigs, most infamously in the Piper Alpha disaster. So safety is always the number one concern. Keep your eyes peeled for the gas detectors being employed in numerous different daily processes on the rig, such as drawing and testing oil samples (at 31mins 36secs).
Watch here: BBC iplayer – Life Offshore