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Bowing to gravity For Amerada Hess' 180M gravity oil platform under construction in the Scottish Highlands, main contractor Taylor Woodrow has placed all 30,000m3 of high performance concrete by wheel

There is something about the Scottish Highlands that puts mankind's achievements into perspective. A 20 storey tower rising from a four storey plinth the size of two football pitches would dwarf most town centres. Set against the stunning Highland backdrop of Nigg Bay near Inverness, however, Amerada Hess' 180M concrete gravity oil platform looks tiny.

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