Cool Facts

  • Hot Air Balloons

    Enough oil has been produced to fill 1.5 million Olympic-sized swimming pools and the gas extracted to date would fill nearly 1 billion hot air balloons!

  • Eiffel Tower

    Some of the tallest installations, including the legs, are as high as the Eiffel Tower.

  • Norway Platform

    The Troll A platform, installed in 1996 offshore Norway, is the world's biggest structure ever moved by mankind. It weighs 656,000 tonnes and the base is built from concrete. It is 472 metres high overall, which is about twice as high as the Canary Wharf Tower, the tallest building in the UK.

  • UK Platform

    The Energy sector in Aberdeen City and Shire accounts for 40,000 jobs - the largest single industry sector in Aberdeen City and Shire, representing 16% of total employment.

  • UK Platform

    Oil and gas provide more than 75% of the UK's total primary energy need.

  • Platform

    In 2020, 70% of primary energy in the UK will still come from oil and gas, even if the 20% target for renewable energy is met.

  • Platform

    There is network of pipelines in the UKCS totalling 23,126 km in length, a distance covering the journey from Aberdeen to Hawaii and back!

  • Platform

    The Scottish oil and gas industry supports 100,000 jobs, with almost 3,000 service and supply companies active in more than 40 countries worldwide.

  • Divers

    A surface supplied diver can dive down to 50 metres below the sea. That's the length of an Olympic sized swimming pool. Sometimes it's nice and clear down there but sometimes the diver has to work by feeling around in the darkness.

  • Divers

    Did you know that you can weld underwater, burn metal underwater and use pretty much most of the tools you can use on the surface? A diver needs to be as skilled as any other tradesman.

  • Divers

    When divers are required to work more than 50 metres below the surface, they need to live under pressure in a chamber above the water which is pressurised to a depth close to the depth of water they need to work in. They travel to work ina diving bell which carries them from the surface chamber to the underwater worksite.

  • Divers

    The gas divers breathe during saturation diving is Heliox. Heliox is a mixture of Oxygen and Helium. Though perfect for deep diving it does have the disadvantage of making the diver's voice squeak (as if they have inhaled gas from a helium balloon) and this can make communication difficult.

  • Tanker

    Oil tankers can be real giants sometimes weighing up to 650,000 tons! Thats about the same weight as 1000 jumbo jets.

  • Tanker

    Oil tankers can be real giants sometimes weighing up to 650,000 tons! Thats about the same weight as 1000 jumbo jets.

  • Saudi Arabia and Russia

    Saudi Arabia produces the most oil in the world, followed by Russia.

  • Oil Based Products

    Oil is made into many different products like for instance clothes, fertilizers, plastic bottles, pens and lot of other products.

  • Fossil

    Oil & Gas were formed many hundreds of millions of years ago before the time of the dinosaurs. Thats why they are called fossil fuels.

  • Wembley Stadium

    Enough people work in the UK Oil & Gas industry to fill Wembley Stadium 5 times!