'Cyber drilling' rig arrives in Cromarty Firth
- 27 November 2013
- From the section Highlands & Islands
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.