Concert Under The Sea

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Have you ever heard about the deepest underwater concert ever performed? I’m sure that you guess it must be to do with the oil and gas industry.

In 2006 Katie Melua, female singer from Georgia, was invited by Statoil to play as part of the gas platform’s 10th anniversary celebrations. The concert was held at the bottom of a shaft at the Statoil Troll A Platform gas rig in the North Sea. Melua and her band performed for workers 303 metres below sea level!

The Troll A platform is a condeep offshore natural gas platform in the Troll gas field off the west coast of Norway. It is the tallest structure that has ever been moved to another position, relative to the surface of the Earth, and is among the largest and most complex engineering projects in history. With 1.2 million tons ballasted under tow, 472 meters high, with underwater concrete structure at 369 meters, and dry weight of 656,000 tons, the Troll A platform is an engineering marvel. The platform stands on the sea floor 303 meters below the surface of the sea and one of the concrete cylindrical legs has an elevator that takes over nine minutes to travel from the platform above the waves to the sea floor.

Katie Melua underwent extensive medical tests and survival training (OPITO Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training – BOSIET Standard) in Norway before flying by helicopter to the rig.

If you would like to find out more about ‘Concert Under The Sea‘ and see how the singer set a Guinness World record for the deepest underwater concert, you should view a documentary film about that (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YtCHHpZNxo). Enjoy!

Sources: petroglobalnews.com, en.wikipedia.org, www.uncut.co.uk, news.bbc.co.uk, www.katiemelua.com

Photos from: www.oilrig-photos.com, krishkommineninorway.blogspot.com

 

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