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Chinese South China Sea Oil Rig Workers Take Helicopter to Work

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

From NetEase:

South China Sea Oil Platform Workers Take Helicopter When Starting/Ending Shift

China’s first independently designed and constructed drilling platform “Ocean Oil 981” has succeeded in its first drilling operation in the South China Sea. Photographers visited and photographed the platforms’ 160 workers, who are required to work 28 days before taking a helicopter back to land to change shifts. The platform has in total 76 living quarters as well as recreational facilities and a communal kitchen.

The drilling platform is currently 320 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong, and workers on the the platform need to take a helicopter for over two hours.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

There are 76 living quarters equipped with bunk beds, private bathrooms, televisions, and telephone and Internet.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

The laundry room, which has staff responsible for cleaning clothes.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

Oil workers are having a meal, consisting of 14 courses.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

A chef in the storeroom.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

A specialized chef.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

The oil rig’s dining hall, every meal includes 8 hot dishes, 6 cold dishes, two kinds of porridge, an egg soup and a nourishing soup [a soup with ingredients considered nutritious and with medical/health benefits], as well as a midnight snack.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

The gym and table tennis room, totaling approximately 100 square meters.

Pictures of work & living conditions aboard China's first independently designed and built oil rig in the South China Sea spark netizen envy.

On “Offshore Oil 981”, oil workers work 28 days then take a helicopter back to land to change shifts, resting for 28 days before returning to the sea.

Comments from NetEase:

沙吹来的风 [网易山东省网友]:

Such good working conditions, work 28 days, rest 28 days.

网易浙江省网友 (responding to above):

Go spend a few days there and see, you’ll understand how hard it is.

满月的晚上 [网易广东省梅州市网友] (responding to above):

You mean having money but nowhere to blow your load?

金明焱 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

There’s a reason for high oil prices.

网易广东省广州市网友:

10 years ago I watched a news report that said Canadian coal mine workers flew on an airplane with their boss when changing shifts.

kanshie0 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

I want to go too…

luna007luna [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

With such fucking good working conditions, it’s no wonder China’s oil prices aren’t going down.

黄易资深临时工 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Working continuously for 28 days is a good thing too, choosing to exert all your energy on work, otherwise idle hands [leads to sex]…

zhaorenyu1976 [网易浙江省嘉兴市网友]:

Not a bad work environment, I like it!

网易江西省上饶市网友:

Eating Chinese food yet posing with a knife and fork…

pczhang7 [网易北京市网友]:

On the oil rig, the days are probably very dull and boring, even when resting its on the oil platform. Young people who go I reckon would be bored to death. Those above [in the pictures] are all already married, yeah? Otherwise if the young workers wanted to seek love, I reckon no girl would be willing to be with them. In one year there would be half a year you wouldn’t be able to see each other.

Could you maintain a relationship of only seeing each other every 28 days?
What do you think? Would you want to work on such an oil rig?

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Written by Joel

Joel is a reclusive writer based in Shanghai who took up blogging as a hobby one summer and never looked back. Former editor of Shanghaiist.

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