Brent Field

ChasD
11th April 2017, 22:40
Sad to see an item on tonight's news that the Brent Field is to be dismantled. Big magic vessel from Rotterdam intends to chop off the rigs whole and take 'em away, leaving the legs in place. Usual hysterics from the usual green suspects being challenged as it is now thought to be better to leave the remnants in place.
Couple of pics from the early days just for the nostalgia !

roddy
11th April 2017, 23:34
I think that when we put the concrete structures in all of us involved in the towage quickly realised it would be a one way trip, despite what was said by those further up the food chain

chadburn
12th April 2017, 14:23
Sad to see an item on tonight's news that the Brent Field is to be dismantled. Big magic vessel from Rotterdam intends to chop off the rigs whole and take 'em away, leaving the legs in place. Usual hysterics from the usual green suspects being challenged as it is now thought to be better to leave the remnants in place.
Couple of pics from the early days just for the nostalgia !

Able UK are going to carry out the scrapping of the steel platform at their facility on the Tees, most probably if they are going to empty the Basin as in previous scrapping they will also scrap the old Ferry that has been laid up on the Tees for sometime.

ChasD
12th April 2017, 20:55
We seen ‘em come, we seen ‘em go !
Far too common a cry from the elderly and the decrepit!
Brent crude remains one of the key indicators on the financial reports so I assume the stuff is still coming ashore one way or another, though obviously not in the way when putting ‘Drupa’ et al on to the Spar in horizontal snow and pitch dark, fishing the line with a grappling iron was the standard procedure. Though that was probably more fun than pushing it down a pipe, as seems to be the more modern procedure.
Last night I watched the moon rise alongside Jupiter, while the ISS strolled gently between the two, an indicator perhaps that the modern structure has its own challenges. While us oldies can sit with a beer or two watching in admiration with our reminiscences and nostalgia. But good ‘ol crude still has its place and is likely to for a while yet !

ChasD
2nd May 2017, 07:27
Interesting update here ....
http://news.sky.com/story/pioneering-spirit-worlds-largest-vessel-sets-record-after-24000-tonne-oil-platform-lift-10855332
Reportedly, the first rig lifted was 'Delta', others will follow. Alpha continues to produce.

5036
2nd May 2017, 09:44
Sad to see an item on tonight's news that the Brent Field is to be dismantled. Big magic vessel from Rotterdam intends to chop off the rigs whole and take 'em away, leaving the legs in place. Usual hysterics from the usual green suspects being challenged as it is now thought to be better to leave the remnants in place.
Couple of pics from the early days just for the nostalgia !
Pic 2 going from left to right: Brent Flare, Brent Alpha, DSV Uncle John, Wimpy Seafox (?), standby vessels named after first division team, Bolton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United etc
Pic 3 going from left to right: Brent Spar, Brent Delta
Pic 4 Brent Spar with Bell 212 landing on. Known as "The Bus" the 212s flew cargo and people around the Shell Northern platforms in a complex route composed by Brent Log for 0600 and 1800 flights. There were seven of them based on the 500 bed Flotel "Treasure Finder" which was the world's busiest heliport.
Brent Spar was used to export Brent Crude separately from combined flows from other fields which were mixed together and sent to Sollom Voe. Brent Crude was the highest quality crude in the world taking over from Texas Sweet Crude And it commanded a high price, hence the Brent Spar operation. It was a dark and grim place where you walked around in circles and seemed to be knocked by waves rather than lift over them.
Even when Brent does stop, the benchmark shall continue.

ChasD
2nd May 2017, 10:05
Thanks Nav, very good additional data. Always think it important to have these things appropriately and accurately recorded, not just for the nostalgia but to record that place and that point in time for historical reasons.

Regards ... Chas