The drilling is done on the Polar Star rig, but gas testing continues. The drillers hold their breath as the well test burner nearly peters out, but the guttering flame finally bursts into a fiery fountain, showing that the drilling has been a success, and it’s time to go home.
The crew is rattled when the man-overboard siren sounds. Then, the first samples come in, revealing a potential disaster: water. If there is seawater in the gas, it means there might be a break in the line that could cause all the drilling equipment to collapse.
A key foreign part begins to leak, spewing caustic chemicals onto the crew working below, but the responsible contractors don’t know how to fix it. After a hard day, driller Sergey takes to the internet to find airbrush designs for his motorcycle back home.
Gale force winds arrive just as the crew is about to undertake a precision operation akin to threading a needle. Then, the crew is rattled when a sensor indicates that a deadly gas has been released. After a stressful day, the crew relaxes with a sauna and World of Tanks.
Tempers flare as Russian drillers and foreign specialists spar over how to lower a massive compressor into the borehole – and a woman putting her 2 cents in doesn’t help. Meanwhile, the rig’s doctor must treat a very unusual injury.
An urgent meeting is called when a half-million-dollar piece of equipment is found to be defective. Later, heavy rain soaks the drillers as they assemble the replacement and lower it. But will the new part be able to withstand the pressure test?
The rig has reached its new location and the drillers prepare to bore the pilot hole with a sharp tooth monster that can cut through 30 metres of seabed per hour. When finally assembled, observers anxiously watch via an underwater camera as the drilling chisel is lowered to the sea floor.
The drillers have readied the Polar Star for its move in just three days, and now it’s up to the seamen to pull 120 tons of anchor and get the rig to its new site. Strong cross-winds, currents, and bad weather hamper the operation and precious days are lost.
The drillers work hard to disassemble the rig so that it can be moved to a new site. However, precisely moving the massive, heavy equipment proves difficult and tempers flare more than once. To make matters worse, a storm packing high winds and huge waves hits at just the wrong time.
The bosses in Moscow decide to abandon the drilling site for another 8km away, so the crew must dismantle the rig and prepare it for the move at breakneck speed. Amid all the bustle, a woman unexpectedly arrives on board, throwing the Polar Star’s all-male crew into a tizzy.
Drillers and seamen gather on the Polar Star gas drilling platform in the Sea of Okhotsk to prepare for their new assignment. These guys have one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs in the world. They have just 30 days to drill 3km into the seafloor to hit gas.