Highlands & Islands

'Cyber drilling' rig arrives in Cromarty Firth

Media captionProspector One arrives by ship in the Cromarty Firth

A new North Sea oil rig fitted with "cyber drilling" technology has arrived in the Cromarty Firth by ship.

Prospector One was transported from Dalian in China where it was constructed a cost of more than £123m.

In the Highland firth the rig's legs will be jacked up and about 140 workers will spend four weeks training on the operation of the platform.

It has a fully automated drilling system controlled by joysticks and touch screen technology.

Prospector One will begin drilling work in the North Sea in 2014 under a contract expected to run to at least three years.

The Cromarty Firth is regularly used for the maintenance and laying up of oil and gas rigs.

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