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Troll Platform
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No: 124   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Year: 2002   Country: Norway
Troll Platform

Picture added on 10 November 2006
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I saw this on discovery channel, how they built it and how they moved it. It is the most fascinating built structure I have ever seen. I was so amazed of this story, everyone needs to see and hear about it. "BREATHTAKING"

Added by Carolyn Rogers on 08 July 2007.
I saw the same show many years ago on Discovery and would love to buy it on DVD. I've been looking for it everywhere without finding it, including the Discovery web site. If anyone can tell me how I can get it, that would be fantastic.

Added by Hans Ravnaas on 30 September 2007.
Dear all,
Who can help to find the movierecording DVD from the build of the Troll-A? This largest platform maked in Norway is 10 years ago build and send it by Discovery and I like to have it. Does anybody knows how I can get it?? Please send me a message if you know.

With regards

Added by Arion de Nijs on 07 November 2007.
Like you others, this oilrig has captured my imagination for years. I first saw it on an American TV show called "How'd they build that?" (or something). I managed to tape it, but have since lost the tape and would love to get a proper documentary programme on it to show a high school Engineering studies/Design and Technology class.

Added by Sid Sinclair on 08 June 2008.
Impressive engineering job indeed. And at 10th anniversary, another great event pointed it. The Katie Melua's Concert Under The Sea took place in one of rig's feet, at 303 m under the sea level. I reccommend this show as well. Is at least as good as the bulding of the rig (the movie).

Added by Radu Roman on 20 June 2008.
Yes it's a big mother isn't she? I worked on the laybarge 200 laying pipelines to and from this platform, the good old days ah.

Added by Garry Robinson on 08 July 2008.
I would love to find a DVD of this. I saw it with my father many years ago and would love to buy him the DVD for Christmas. I have looked for years with no sucess. Anybody let me know if you have ever found it.

Added by Terra White on 20 October 2008.
After searching for "Troll" through PBS, NOVA, and others, funny I end up a site looking for the exact same thing. Has anyone found a copy of the movie. I could use this in a concrete class I teach.

Added by Professor on 05 December 2008.
The programme you are looking for could be 'RICHARD HAMMOND'S ENGINEERING CONNECTIONS - SUPER RIG'
Shown in the UK on National Geographic channel @ 5:00 p.m. 22/12/2008. Not sure whether it is available on DVD.

Added by John Wildman on 03 January 2009.
Thanks John, well spotted. I don't think it is the same program, but worth a watch anyway. Here's a version from YouTube.

Added by Editor on 06 January 2009.
Troll - A programme of imaginative mechanical and structural engineering. How do I see it again?

Added by R. Arnold on 09 April 2009.
I too was transfixed by the documentary about building and moving Troll. Any help locating it would be appreciated. I've keep an eye out for it for years. Thanks.

Added by Bram on 14 June 2009.
It's great! I had just saw it on TB here in the Philippines... Good job!

Added by Nice Juntilla on 12 July 2009.
I'm glad I'm not the only person looking for the freaking show! I was starting to feel like I'd imagined it. (I know it's not the 2008 show because I watched it when I lived in the UK, and I moved to the US before 2008.)

I keep finding references to it being an Extreme Engineering episode, but then it's not actually listed as an episode anywhere that has a list of Extreme Engineering episodes by season. So I am confused.

Added by Kris on 08 February 2010.
The programme we are all looking for is almost certainly an episode of Extreme Engineering titled 'Skyscraper at Sea' shown on Tuesday 15 April 2003. I don't know if it has ever been repeated.

Added by John Wildman on 12 February 2010.
This must be it!

Haven't been able to find anywhere to download or buy the dvd though...

Added by Martin on 14 February 2010.
I posted on here over three years ago. I watched this breathtaking episode on Discovery Channel or something. My goodness, it was amazing to watch. It needs to be shown again because how they built it and moved this thing is "AMAZING". It has been about 10 years since I saw this show on Discovery Channel.

Added by Carolyn Rogers on 18 February 2010.
It is a beauty! I did the risk analysis of construction and installation of Troll A, back in 1990's. At that time I visited one of the legs which was built up to the riegel (a stiffening ring half way up), and I was 150m below the sea level. A few years ago I did the risk analysis of installing some extra modules onto Troll A, visited the platform and stayed unexpectedly an extra day due to fog. It was very enjoyable!

Added by Vladimir Trbojevic on 18 February 2010.
Cracking bit of Engineering construction, I myself am a Steel Fabricator and have worked at a few Rig yards in Scotland and can appreciate the skills of the design and build of such a magnificent structure.

Added by Richie on 02 March 2010.
Eureka ! Greetings fellow Troll worshipers. As Vladimir will know from our correspondence, I have searched for maybe four years for a bit of video of the building and installation of the Troll A gas platform. I can almost not believe it, but walking through my school this week I overheard a DVD being shown to an Engineering studies class and what should be the content? - the Troll A gas platform. Eureka!!!! Now, it's not the original show I saw - which had a bit more about the casting of the concrete legs in a Danish Fjord, but it is indeed good stuff (Maybe 45mins) about Troll A. It is the Richard Hammond DVD that somebody has spoken of on this blog already: Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections - Series One. For those who may wish to know: This is an SBS (Australia) production - see and has "MADMAN.COM.AU" on the back cover. This is as close as I have got to the original show I viewed maybe six years ago and now I can die a happy Troll Hunter!

Added by Sid Sinclair on 20 March 2010.
I have the show on DVD (copied from VHS). I'd be happy to make copies and share them. Email me.

Added by Bob Turner on 24 April 2010.
I worked on the Polar Pioneer semi-sub that did a lot of the predrilling on the Troll field.

I was onboard the rig when they brought the Troll out and positioned it. Spent quite a bit of time with my binoculars watching it all happen.

I was also lucky enough to see that Discovery show. It's an amazing piece of engineering.

Added by Doug McKenzie on 18 June 2010.
Surprise! Surprise!
I have just been watching 'Skyscraper At Sea' on Discovery Knowledge channel in the UK.
So despite Discovery Channel's lack of help when I made enquiries earlier this year, they still have it in their system.

Added by John Wildman on 31 August 2010.
It is almost like this episode was deliberately scrubbed from their system. I can't imagine that it's a security issue, but it has been completely omitted from the first year episodes list. Go figure?

Added by Lloyd McKissick on 05 September 2010.
So clearly, people in the UK need to keep an eye out for it, record it, and then share it with everyone else! (At this point, I want to see it again just because it's SO HARD TO FIND.)

Added by Kris Dow on 06 September 2010.
Sid, the legs were casted in Vindafjord Norway at the Raunes base. I was there :-)

Added by Jørn on 23 September 2010.
Thanks Jorn. (don't know how to get a "O" with the line thru it!) My mistake about the nationality of the Fjord. Are you also a fan of the Troll achievement? No email on the site? Be glad to correspond.

Added by Sid Sinclair on 25 September 2010.
Sinclair: Just a slight correction. :) The Troll A concrete shafts were cast in a fjord just outside Stavanger in Norway (Denmark has no fjords). I watched them being pulled out to sea those many years ago, standing about as tall as the mountain in the background, even though most of it was submerged. Truely an awesome sight although we had almost become accustomed to such sights with a string of Condeep platforms during the 70s and 80s (thought the Troll A was the tallest). Thank's for bringing back fond memories!

Added by Bjørnar on 28 February 2011.
This meticulously made programme was mesmerising about how the Troll was built. I used to show it to engineering students were all fascinated but I have now moved house and lost my VHS copy. I see it's no longer on youtube either. Anyone know where I could get it on DVD?

Added by Mary on 18 March 2011.
Mary, there are are a lot of clues in the posts here. Bob Turner was good enough to make a copy for me (thanks again Bob!).... I've watched it several times. Try your luck. Utube has a riveting programme (almost one hour) about the building of the Hibernia GBS ..... equally amazing, though not nearly as tall.

Added by Sid Sinclair on 18 March 2011.
Hibernia - I have some pictures of H taken by myself. I did the risk analysis of the tow and installation. Perhaps we could start another group re Hibernia!

Added by Vladimir Trbojevic on 19 March 2011.
Happy to be of service Sid!

Please email me at: and I'll set you up with a dvd of a recorded show (from tv in 1998)...

Added by Bob Turner on 21 April 2011.
Sid, I too contacted Bob and he sent me a copy of the DVD copied version he done from the VHS, It is beautiful and he done a splendid job. I am so happy to have in my possession a copy of Discovery Channel's airing " Skyscraper at Sea" in my hands I am so overjoyed. Bob, once again you have made my day, year, life, I always wanted to see that documentary again and now I can watch it anytime. Bob has his email and contact info on here.

Added by Carolyn Rogers on 18 May 2011.
That Bob Turner is a great guy! Carolyn, get in touch with Vladimir Trbojevic for totally amazing details and first hand experience of seeing the tow-out of Troll AND also tap into his knowledge and input on "Hibernia".

Added by Sid Sinclair on 24 May 2011.
Nice to know that I did not dream that episode either!! But I also had a Project Management instructor who said he was a deep-sea diver who worked on the Troll project during construction. WAY COOL--and hopefully thanks to Bob in advance for sending me a DVD !!

Added by Bill Werner on 21 August 2011.
I also got a copy from Bob.
Thanks again, Bob.

Added by Doug McKenzie on 24 August 2011.
Bob Turner IS de Man!

Added by Sid Sinclair on 24 August 2011.
Thanks guys! Glad to be of service and get this dvd out to those who appreciate it!

Bill Werner- your dvd is on its way today.....

Added by Bob Turner on 25 August 2011.
Could I trouble anyone here for the 2003 episode? I had a craving to watch it again when "Extreme Engineering" popped up as a reco in my Netflix Instant watch. What a pity (and how puzzling) that Discovery didn't include it.

Added by Gabrielle on 07 October 2011.
How do I get a hold of good old Bob>>> it would mean the world to me just to see that show again

Added by Edgar Santos on 12 October 2011.
Edgar and Gabrielle, stroll up to this page til you come to THIS post ( I have the show on DVD (copied from VHS). I'd be happy to make copies and share them. Email me).

it is by Bob himself. it says to email him , just click on it and send him an email. Bob is a great and such a generous guy. We love you, bob!! you've made so many of us verrrrrry happy. Carolyn
Bob posted that entry on 24 April or his is his direct email address he posted here himself

Hey guys, its from the original showing you seen years ago.

Added by Carolyn Rogers on 18 October 2011.
I just emailed Bob and hoping he can furnish the dvd, and glad to pay any reasonable charge to get it. Been looking for this for years.

Added by Edwin J Welch on 19 November 2011.
Just received the DVD from Bob, and it is the original documentary by Discovery. I wish to thank Bob here that others may know of his kindness to help others. Ed.

Added by Edwin J Welch on 25 November 2011.
Hurry up you can see it again
The biggest object ever move by human in modern history is 'Troll-A' plateform on Norwegian continental shelf. See Programme on Discovery at 7 pm PST on 30-08-2012 :)

Added by Mudassar Iqbal on 27 August 2012.
I will no longer be sending out dvds of the Troll A platform. I recommend that you ask some of the others for a copy on this page.

Added by Bob Turner on 10 January 2013.
I have FINALLY put the Troll documentary up on youtube. Just add the below text and it should open up fine.

Added by Bob Turner on 11 March 2013.
My goodness, Bob. You are just AWESOME. We and any others that happen upon this page can't thank you enough. You are just the MAN. Thank you for all you've done for me and the others on here too. You are going to make so many more people so happy that they can finally see that documentary once again. You're the BEST Bob.

Added by Carolyn Rogers on 17 March 2013.
Thank you! At your service anytime Carolyn!

Added by Bob Turner on 20 March 2013.
Here is another video on the Troll Platform which I found on You Tube

Added by Bill Gall on 05 April 2013.
I saw an episode back in the mid 90s about the construction and moving of this Troll A rig. I could have sworn it was a Modern Marvels episode, and they referred to this rig by the name "Colossus". I've been looking for this episode for about 18 years now, and will continue to do so. I am posting this information in the hopes that maybe it will ring a bell with someone and I'll finally be able to get the name of it and buy it. I know for sure that it wasn't the Richard Hammons episode. I know for sure that I watched it in the mid-90s. I hope that someone else will have another piece of the puzzle to help solve this mystery.

Added by Debora Sutterfield on 29 September 2013.
I have a part of the orginal I taped of building it but some how I taped over most of it I would like to get good copy of it too

Added by Dick Nylund on 16 April 2014.
Yes it was I said in my previous comment I worked on lay barge 200 and we laid the first pipelines to and fro it's
Some site this rig and as they say that was just the tip of the iceberg as we only seen the top of it from water line up they were the good old days . I also have the original programme on DVD so if you want a copy let me know and we can work some think out but it may take a week or two to sort some copies out

Added by Garry Robinson on 04 February 2015.
Yes it was brilliant. as I said in my previous comment I worked on lay barge 200 and we laid the first pipelines to and fro it's Some site this rig and as they say that was just the tip of the iceberg as we only seen the top of it from water line up they were the good old days . I also have the original programme on DVD so if you want a copy let me know and we can work some think out but it may take a week or two to sort some copies out.

Added by Garry Robinson on 04 February 2015.
Did some work on the Bar Protector when is was at the Troll. Looking up from below was awesome. Something I'll never forget

Added by Brian Wyllie on 05 July 2015.
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