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Introductory Guide to Oil Rigs

If you are considering working on an oil rig, then this introductory guide is for you. It begins with a brief history of the development of oil platforms from 1920 until today. Limited technology restricted oil rigs to shallow water and near the coastline.

Another section describes the more common types of platforms in use today. Some have a dedicated purpose while others are multi-purpose.

Also, to keep things in perspective, you should be aware of the risks associated with working on an offshore oil rig. This is the reason these jobs pay so well.

Red Oil rig in the ocean

Brief History of Oil Rigs

Venezuelans designed the first oil rig in 1920. It was over a river and attached to the underlying soil. Today, oil platforms have increased in size and capability.

Yellow Oil rig in the ocean

Types of Oil Rigs

Major rigs are huge, and if in a remote location, provide living quarters for more than 100 workers. Other platforms are smaller and designed for one purpose, such as storing barrels of oil.