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Oil Refinery
Date 27th October 2004 / 09:38 to 10:21 Hours
Location GFO Oil Rig, Georgian Waters, Caspian Sea
Depicts Georgian Information Crisis
Objective Retrieve Georgian communication data.
"Bad news, Fisher. Something got the military's attention."
Irving Lambert

Oil Refinery is the fourth solo campaign level in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (and the second solo campaign level in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials). Splinter Cell agent Sam Fisher must infiltrate the GFO Oil Rig and retrieve the Georgian communication data being sent from the Oil Rig.


Retrieve Georgian communication data.

NATO and US intervention has pushed most of the Georgian commandos from Azerbaijan, with only a few well-hidden cells remaining. One of those cells, entrenched in an oil rig on the Caspian Sea, is exchanging data to the Presidential Palace in Georgia via a secure network.

Mission InformationEdit

Goals Edit

  • Infiltrate the refinery by the main pipeline
  • Trail the mercenary technician
  • Get the technician's briefcase by any means

Notes Edit

Data Edit

Main article: Data/Oil Rig

Mission OverviewEdit


Sam climbs a pipe towards the main GFO Oil Rig as the Georgians get ready to destroy the pipe line bridge leading to the platform.

Sam Fisher arrives on the GFO Oil Rig and infiltrates the structure by crossing the pipe struts that connecting the pipeline together. As Fisher comes upon the bridge, the Georgian mercenaries set up explosives onto it and by detonating, they destroyed it. Fisher is then forced to actually make his way through the pipeline through a hole as it still continues to pump oil. Fisher follows the line to one of the pumping rooms and heads out of the interior through a hatch. As Fisher comes up, the Georgian technician, Piotr Lejava, and his Georgian mercenary bodyguards arrive using a boat. They walk onto the walkway and make their way up towards the data house. Fisher climbs the ladders on the side of the strut and climbs across to the opposite side using the pipe that overhangs. As Fisher climbs across he overhears Georgian radio chatter regarding 'American fighter planes' attacking the GFO Oil Rig. Fisher drops down and trails the technician and his bodyguards as the Oil Refinery is destroyed by United States F-15 Eagle fighters airstrikes.

Sam Fisher must infiltrate the oil rig off the coast of Georgia. A meeting is taking place where sensitive data of the Masse Kernels are being handled. When Fisher attempts to work his way across the bridge, the Georgians rig it to explode, forcing Fisher to force his way through the pipeline, which continues to pump oil. All the while, the oil rig is being assaulted by the United States armed forces via F-15 Eagle fighter jets. A troop transport also arrives to deploy infantry to capture the rig. As the rig is blown apart, the Georgians make their way to the data house, where computer technician Piotr Lejava uses their newest encryption key to relay data on the Masse Kernels.


Fisher knocks out Piotr and retrieves his briefcase.

While this goes on, Fisher tracks Piotr and his escort, eventually catching up with them. When Piotr is finished with the transmission, he and his escort flee, destroying all evidence of their activities as they flee. Fisher gives chase as the rig is bombed by the American fighters. With their helicopter destroyed, the Georgians fled to the escape ship, only to find it destroyed as well. In the meantime, American troops stormed the rig, squaring off against the surviving Georgians.

Fisher eventually caught up with Piotr and dispatched him and his escort. Having recovered the laptop and key from his briefcase, he fled the scene as the oil rig was finally destroyed.

Transcript Edit


Communication data retrieve from the oil rig has proved to be invaluable. The records are full of vague hints concerning an impending retaliation against the US more concretely, they show evidence of a leak in the US intelligence community, suggesting that the Georgians may have a mole inside one of America’s agencies.


  • Sam used a Zodiac (CRRC) to reach the GFO Oil Rig.
  • The 'American warplanes' mentioned by the Georgian mercenaries are F-15 Eagle tactical fighters.
  • During the mission, the player may come across the body of a dead U.S. soldier, evidently having been gunned down by one of the Georgian soldiers. A satchel is on the body containing a data stick.[1]
    • The bodies of several oil rig workers are also present at the scene. It is likely they were massacred when Nikoladze's men commandeered the rig for their own usage.
  • Piotr is wearing a Ubisoft shirt.
  • Piotr can be killed or knocked out, his fate is left entirely up to the player. He eventually runs to the docks only to find that the boat has been blown up.
    • The player can also simply walk up to Piotr and grab them as he will not run away nor will he resist. The main objective is to simply obtain his briefcase, as the mission ends as soon as the player picks up the briefcase. Sam can interrogate him for some extra conversation dialogue.
    • It is during this conversation that Piotr mentions The Ark, which he only knows to be "what Nikoladze wants most".
  • There are various puddles of oil around the floor areas of the GFO Oil Rig where both enemies and the player can walk in, leaving a footprint stained with oil on the group.
  • Sam's actions are referenced in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory in the level Hokkaido by a mercenary that mentions a "Ninja" that attacked the oil rig he was contracted on.
  • This mission made it's return in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials, with a few changes for the portable platform. In Essentials' version, this level acts as a flashback to the Oil Rig, with Sam Fisher recalling the events.
    • The differences between the two levels is that, on Splinter Cell, the background shows it's almost sundown, whereas in Essentials it is during the night and some dialogue shift. In addition, once the soldiers mention airplane strike, there will be a countdown that will destroy the whole rig once the meter reaches zero.




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