First Automated Underwater Gas Production Station

On September 1988 the French petrochemical firm Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine, completed the first underwater automated plant to gather natural gas, named Skuld. The plant is set 360 feet (167 meters) underwater, in the North Sea just off Norway.

Under water Gas extraction rig

      September 1988
      Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine
      under 360 feet of water (167 meters) in the North Sea off Norway

Additional Information:

  • Subsea (technology) – Wikipedia
    Subsea is a term used to describe fully submerged ocean equipment, operations or applications, especially when some distance offshore, in deep ocean waters, or on the seabed.
  • Skuld Offshore Field, Norwegian Sea – Offshore Technology
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  • Offshore drilling – Wikipedia
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  • Underwater oil rigs planned to beat the Arctic ice storms that increase …
    Oil companies are planning to create huge factories on the sea bed of the Arctic ocean in a bid to prevent extreme weather conditions from hampering their work.

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