The world's first virtual tour of an offshore gas platform allows you to explore the platform of the largest producing gas field in the whole UK sector.

What is Cygnus?

Located in the southern North Sea, 95 miles from the coast of Lincolnshire, UK, Cygnus is the biggest gas discovery in the North Sea the last 30 years, and the largest single producing gas field in the whole UK sector. Cygnus consists of two installations – Alpha & Bravo. The Alpha installation has three platforms: one for drilling and extracting gas; one for processing and exporting it; and one for accommodation and support services.

For the first time ever, a camera crew was allowed access to create a virtual tour of the facilities, which include; 66 en suite bedrooms in hotel-style facilities, a gym, a games and cinema rooms, a medical center, a helipad and, of course, the heart of the operation: the main control room.

  • Cygnus platform has been producing enough gas to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million UK homes since the first gas started flowing in December 2016.
  • At peak, the field will contribute five percent of the UK’s total gas production.
  • Cygnus has estimated gross 2P reserves of approximately 635 billion cubic feet of gas, which translates into a production life time of at least 20 years.
  • During construction the project generated £1.3billion for the UK economy, supporting 5,000 jobs across the UK supply chain.

Discover more about the modern platform and the workers who call it home

Via a series of candid video interviews with staff onboard, you can discover what it's actually like to live on a platform in the middle of the North Sea. You'll meet key staff from the Offshore Installation Manager and Lead Production Manager to the onboard medical team and even the resident chef and stewardess.

You'll find the virtual tour here.


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