Tour the Cygnus offshore platform in Google Street View

See what life is like aboard an offshore platform. Google Street View has launched a tour of Cygnus, the largest gas producing platform in the North Sea

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Adam Muspratt


The Cygnus platform is based in the southern North Sea and has been producing gas since 2016. The Cygnus development comprises of four platforms which target 10 wells. 

Cygnus is one of the largest platforms in the North Sea, making it a great pick for Googles first ever Street View tour of an offshore platform. The tour enables users a glimpse into the life of an offshore worker, as the impressive virtual tour allows you to visit the helipad wellhead, control room, accommodation and fitness, leisure and restaurant spaces.

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The tour also includes the ability to click on explanatory notes which provide insightful commentary on sections of the tour, as well as the role of Cygnus in the UK's economy. There are also an array of videos to watch of the workforce talking about their experiences aboard the platform, as well as their jobs and daily routine. The tour includes interviews with the offshore installation manager, lead product manager, medical team and even the resident chef
Cygnus consists of four platforms including two drilling centres.  The tour takes place on the central Alpha complex which houses the wellhead drilling centre. processing and utility unit, living quarters and the central control room. The Alpha complex consists of bridge-linked platforms, which you can walk across on the tour for some fantastic views.     

The Cygnus field is the biggest discovery in the southern North Sea for 30 years. It exports gas via a new 34-mile connection to an existing pipeline, which ends at the Bacton terminal.

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Today, Cygnus - which can drill up to 250ft underwater and accommodate 80 people - contributes around eight per cent of U.K. gas production, which is enough gas to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million U.K. homes.

Key Information

Location: The field is located in the UK Southern North Sea Blocks 44/11 and 44/12, in licence areas P1055 & P1731, some 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire

Discovery date: 1988

Production date: 13 December 2016

Partners: Neptune Energy (38.75%, Operator), Spirit Energy (61.25%)

Reserves: 18 billion cubic metres

Check out the tour below!