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Ahead of Schedule (clip 2)

Oil rig construction in the Highlands

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Description

A record of the construction of 'Highland Two', second of two major oil drilling and production structures for British Petroleum's Forties Field, at the Nigg Yard of Highlands Fabricators. The film follows the engineering techniques and construction of the rig. This clip includes: operating the gantry crane; docking of sections, drill bit conductor tubes are fitted into frame; welding, ower leg and pile cluster supports being hoisted into position, engineers checking details, preparing stabiliser sphere and welding on to jacket. Celebrating the completion of the structure with Mrs Margaret Lilley, wife of BP's Offshore General Manager christening the jacket accompanied by Sir Philip Southwell and Managing Director Kevin Barrie. The dock is flooded and the jacked is floated. Highland Two begins the float out to sea towards to the Forties Field.

Questions & Activities

Questions

  • Where is the yard and where is the Forties Field?
  • Why do you think this film was made and who do you think saw it?
  • What is oil used for?
  • Which parts of Scotland benefit the most from oil?
  • How much do oil rigs cost and how long do they take to build.
  • Who are BP and what do they do?
  • What energy sources is Scotland looking to develop?
  • How did the oil become to be beneath the North Sea?
  • What do you think life is like on an oil rig?
  • What could be the dangers of working on a oil rig and what are the dangers of drilling in the sea?
  • What are the dangers to the environment and wildlife of drilling at sea?

Activities

Compare to sequences of Seawards the Great Ships. How are the films similar and different?

Repurpose the film explaining what an oil-rig is and what it does.

List the reasons mentioned why this project is ahead of schedule? Discuss the projects you have heard of that run over schedule and not necessarily to budget (e.g. Scottish Parliament)?

Find out what has become of the Nigg yard.

Research how much Scotland has benefited from oil. Is the oil in the North Sea really Scottish?

List all the terms you do not know and look them up in the dictionary.

Research what future uses are being planned for decommissioned oil rigs.

Research the consequences of a major oil spill and present your findings for the environmental and business effects.

Research how international waters are drawn and how they are policed?

Build your own 3D model of an oil-rig.

What are mentioned as the key concerns for being 'Ahead of Schedule'?

Research how modern cranes are designed and function. What systems of control are in place?

Compare to sequences of Seawards the Great Ships. How are the films similar and different?

Repurpose the film explaining what an oil-rig is and what it does.

List the reasons mentioned why this project is ahead of schedule? Discuss the projects you have heard of that run over schedule and not necessarily to budget (e.g. Scottish Parliament)?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-441-C
Resource Rights Holder Unknown
Project Ref 4209
Date 1974
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Technologies, Media Studies, English, Art and Design, Environmental Studies, Geography
Subject Matter Business
Who Brown & Root-Wimpey Highlands Fabricators Ltd (sponsor), Highland Film Unit (production company)
Where Nigg, Highland
Event Oil Rig, Engineering
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 12:35
Film Length 23:05
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