Oil rig up close and not so personal

An older post from Cormac that I (Lauren) just found in the draft folder. Enjoy!

The other weekend, we had the opportunity to take a boat out to see some off-shore oil rigs. So naturally, we jumped at it. Not so much because that’s what we’re into, but because it’s not what we’re into. My perspective on the oil industry has changed dramatically since we moved to Equatorial Guinea. We’ve met a lot of people who work in the oil industry in the last few months, and I can honestly say, there’s not one of them that I didn’t like. I often wonder why we don’t (in the USA) here more about how oil money is making a malaria vaccine trial happen, or that it’s funding the only biodiversity protection program in one of the most diverse places in Africa in terms of primates. I’m sure that these companies fund other corporate-social responsibility projects in lots of other places too. Anyhow, we took this little boat ride, courtesy of one of our new friends from the oil industry, out to see some of the rigs his company operates in the Bay of Guinea. It was a choppy, but interesting ride.

Passing an oil boat on the way out of the bay.

Passing an oil boat on the way out of the bay.

The bigger rig

The bigger platform

The other platform (well, there's actually another but we didn't get close to it)

The other platform (well, there’s actually another but we didn’t get close to it)

Trash burning during the dry season.

Trash burning during the dry season.

Malabo II - Imagine a 10,000 ft mountain in the background, of course, it's covered by clouds.

Malabo II – Imagine a 10,000 ft mountain in the background, of course, it’s covered by clouds.

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