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Old 19-02-2013, 02:47 AM   #207
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Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Ltd. The platform began production in 1976, first as an oil platform and then later converted to gas production. An explosion and the resulting oil and gas fires destroyed it on 6 July 1988, killing 167 men, with only 61 survivors. The death toll includes two crewmen of a rescue vessel. Total insured loss was about £1.7 billion (US$3.4 billion)...

Four companies that later transformed into the OPCAL joint venture obtained an oil exploration licence in 1972 and discovered the Piper oilfield located at 58°28′N 0°15′E in early 1973 and commenced fabrication of the platform, pipelines and onshore support structures.OPCAL built the Flotta oil terminal in the Orkney Islands to receive and process oil from the fields Piper, Claymore and Tartan, each with its own platform.A large fixed platform, Piper Alpha was situated on the Piper oilfield, approximately 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Aberdeen in 474 feet (144 m) of water, and comprised four modules separated by firewalls.Therefore Piper continued to export oil at just under 120,000 barrels per day and to export Tartan Gasss at some 33 MMSCFD (million standard cubic feet per day) during this demanding period..
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The management admitted how devastating a gas explosion would be, Claymore and Tartan were not switched off with the first emergency call.From that moment on, the platform's destruction was assured.The Tharos used its water cannons where it could, but it was restricted, because the cannons were so powerful they would injure or kill anyone hit by the water.The Tharos, a large semi-submersible fire fighting, rescue and accommodation vessel, drew alongside Piper Alpha.At the time of the disaster 226 people were on the platform; 165 died and 61 survived. Two men from the Standby Vessel Sandhaven were also killed..The blazing remains of the platform were eventually extinguished three weeks later by a team led by famed firefighter Red Adair who also extinguished the Gulf War...O- WO-T A -Sir P rize... I P leese.. A Light... I Trip.. In.. Platforms and Monster Mash my lip on the sink at Saint G's...I noW know where you keep your 777's ...August 11 – English navigator Martin Frobisher, on his search for the Northwest Passage, enters the bay now named after him...Winkle Pickers for you now son It OuT..The disaster led to 3laims of around Trill Ions making it at that time the largest insured 13an-13ade 3atastrophe..A memorial sculpture, showing three oil workers, can be found in the Rose Garden.Lest We Forget.
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