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Air na Rigs / Life Offshore

BBC ALBA – Thursday 30 April at 9.00pm

Air na Rigs

BBC ALBA - Diardaoin 30 Giblean aig 9.00f

Rosie Hutchins - assistant driller

BBC ALBA EXPLORES WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK IN THE NORTH SEA OIL INDUSTRY

A new landmark documentary on BBC ALBA is to provide a rare glimpse into the work of the offshore oil industry in Scotland.

For decades, oil in Scotland has been the subject of thousands of column inches across the media but little is discussed about what it takes to work in this challenging and highly technical sector. What is it like to leave the comfort of your own home and fly in a helicopter to work in the middle of the sea? What does it feel like to work 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight with no days off whilst away from family?

More than 70% of the UK’s primary energy comes from oil and gas, and we meet some of the men and women who work in this demanding environment.

Produced for BBC ALBA by Midas Media, exclusive access was granted to the UK’s largest North Sea oil platform Buzzard and the newest platform in the North Sea Golden Eagle, both operated by Nexen, as well as Ensco’s drilling rig, ENSCO 120.

Sea survival

So what is life offshore like? We experience it through the eyes of those who work there: from drillers to deckhands, caterers to controllers.

We begin by finding out what is involved in getting to work in the first place. At Petrofac’s training centre in Aberdeen we follow a group going through their offshore survival course, which includes a nerve-wracking underwater escape from an upturned ‘helicopter’. No concessions are given and everyone must pass this mandatory course. From Aberdeen Heliport we follow Offshore Installation Manager Phil Slimings as he travels to Buzzard for his two-week stint. Once there, we meet Paul “Hendo” Henderson, one of the Helideck crew who looks after the new arrivals and we follow him through his many different roles. Chef Jamie Sutherland takes us behind the scenes in the galley and tells us what it’s like to keep the crew of 188 fed and happy. They rely on favourable weather to get their supply boats through with fresh food, which includes 7000 eggs a month! Amateur boxer James Kilvington makes good use of the gym on board to keep his fitness levels up and we follow him on night shift as he carries out his deck crew duties.

Just nine miles away, we cross to Golden Eagle to see what happens just five months after first oil is produced. With five wells drilled so far, Ensco’s drilling rig ENSCO 120 is jacked-up alongside and hard at work drilling more wells. Assistant Driller Rosie Hutchins is in the hi-tech cyber-chair as she takes us through the drilling process. And in the Golden Eagle lab, chemist Kris Devlin is checking out oil samples and reveals some surprising facts.

Air na Rigs is an honest and real look at what it feels like to work offshore. Through this unique access, we get a fascinating behind the scenes glimpse into a world that is inaccessible to most of us.

Produced for BBC ALBA by Midas Media, Air na Rigs will be shown on Thursday 30 April from 9.00pm until 10.00pm. It will be repeated on Wednesday 6 May at 11.00pm and will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer following initial transmission.

Tha am prògram uair a thìde seo a' toirt sùil air saoghal gnìomhachas na h-ola anns a' Chuan a Tuath.

Cò ris a tha e coltach a bhith a' fàgail cofhurtachd na dachaigh agus a' siubhal ann an heileacoptair gu d’ obair ann am meadhan a' chuain? Cò ris a tha e coltach a bhith ag obair fad dusan uair an uaireadair, latha às dèidh latha airson cola-deug gun latha dheth, air falbh bho chàirdean is charaidean? An-diugh, tha an RA a’ faighinn còrr is seachdad sa cheud de phrìomh lùth na dùthcha bho ola is gas. Bidh sinn a' leantainn nam fireannach 's nam boireannach a th’ air ceann caol gnìomhachas na h-ola anns a' Chuan a Tuath - àrainneachd cho garbh agus dùbhlanach ’s a ghabhas.

Fhuair an Companaidh Riochdachaidh Midas Media cothrom fa leth filmeadh air a’ chlàr-ola as motha san Rìoghachd Aonaichte “Buzzard”, agus an clàr-ola as ùire sa Chuan a Tuath “Golden Eagle”, an dà chuid stiùirichte le Nexen (companaidh a tha gu tur fo shealbh CNOOC Earranta) , agus cuideachd air crann-tollaidh ENSCO 120 aig Ensco cpe.

Sea survival

Cò ris a tha e coltach a bhith ag obair air clàr ola? Bidh sinn a' faicinn an dòigh-beatha seo tro shùilean an luchd-obrach: bho dhrilearan gu criutha deic, agus bho stiùbhardan gu stiùirichean.

Tha sinn a' tòiseachadh le bhith a' faighinn a-mach dè a tha an lùib a bhith a' dol a dh'obair sa chiad dol a-mach. Aig ionad trèanaidh Petrofac ann an Obar Dheathain, leanaidh sinn buidheann air cùrsa teàrainteachd, a tha a' gabhail a-steach teicheadh à heileacoptair a tha bun-os-cionn fon uisge. Chan eil leisgeulan ann agus feumaidh gach neach an cùrsa riatanach seo a bhuileachadh. Leanaidh sinn Manaidsear a’ Chlàr Ola Phil Slimings à port-heli Obar Dheathain 's e a' siubhal gu Buzzard airson cola-deug. An sin, coinnichidh sinn ri Pòl "Hendo" MacEanraig, fear de chriutha an deic-heli, a bhios a' frithealadh iadsan a th' air ùr-thighinn agus leanaidh sinn e 's e a' coileanadh iomadh dreuchd. Bheir an còcaire, Jamie Sutharlanach dhan chidsin sinn agus innsidh e dhuinn cò ris a tha e coltach a bhith a' biathadh sgioba de cheud, ochdad 's a h-ochd neach. Feumar deagh aimsir airson 's gun tèid aig na soithichean bathair biadh ùr a chumail riutha, agus tha sin a' ciallachadh seachd mìle ugh sa mhìos! Tha am bogsair neo-dhreuchdail Seumas Kilvington a' cleachdadh an gym air bòrd airson e fhèin a chumail aigeannach agus leanaidh sinn e air sioft na h-oidhche 's e ag obair air an deic.

Gann ach naoi mìle air falbh, thèid sinn gu Golden Eagle airson faicinn dè a bhios a' tachairt còig mìosan às dèidh a' chiad ola a bhuain. Le còig tobraichean air am fosgladh, tha clàr-tollaidh Ensco, ENSCO 120 ri taobh agus trang a' tolladh an tuilleadh thobraichean. Tha Leas-Snìomhaire Rosie Hutchins sa chathair-uidheamaich 's i gar treòrachadh tron phròiseas. Ann an obair-lann a' Gholden Eagle, tha ceimigear Kris Devlin a' sgrùdadh shampallan ola agus tha fiosrachadh inntinneach aige

’S ann ainneamh a gheibhear an cothrom faicinn a-steach dhan t-saoghal dhìomhair seo. Seo sùil gheur agus fìor air cò ris a tha e coltach a bhith ag obair air na rigs.


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