The longest tunnel in the world – the Gotthard Base Tunnel
The US Navy’s biggest Submarine – the USS Pennsylvania
The world’s biggest cargo aircraft – the Antonov 124
The world’s deepest Oil Platform – the Perdido Spar
The world's largest observation wheel – the Singapore Flyer
The biggest space habitat – the International Space Station
The largest hydroelectric dam – China's Three Gorges Dam
The world’s biggest cruise ship – Independence of the Seas
The world’s largest spanning dome – Japan's Oita Stadium
The biggest ever telescope – the Large Binocular Telescope
Episode 4 - Oil Rig
This film reveals the technological leaps forward that have allowed the world’s largest Oil Platform – the Perdido Spar in the Gulf of Mexico - to be built. The Perdido Spar sits in deeper water than any other oil platform, in an ocean over 2 kilometres deep. This floating factory is capable of drilling in any direction, and in depths of up to 3 kilometres below the sea floor. At maximum production it can generate enough oil daily to fill 132,000 cars with petrol. This film explores how this groundbreaking structure was made possible through a series of six engineering breakthroughs. The film explores how six landmark oil platforms – including the Beryl Alpha platform - each feature a major technological innovation that allowed oil platforms to be built and survive in ever deeper waters. Using high-end computer generated imagery that makes up 50% of the film, this film reveals the incredible stories behind these structures and the inventions that have driven them deeper. Six ingenious leaps forward that enabled oil platforms to evolve …from BIG to BIGGER into the World’s BIGGEST.
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