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  1. Visited with @The_Raw, @Pinkman, @Maniac and @extreme_ironing. History The Brent oil field, off the north-east coast of Scotland is one of the largest fields in the North Sea. Discovered in 1971, it was one of the most significant oil and gas finds made in the UK sector. Brent field production peaked in 1982 when over half a million barrels of oil and 26 million cubic meters of gas were produced… every day! The Brent oil field was served by four large platforms owned by Shell – Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. Each platform has a ‘topside’ which is visible above the waterline and houses the accommodation block, helipad, as well as drilling and other operational areas. The topsides sit on much taller supporting structures, or ‘legs’, which stand in 140 metres of water and serve to anchor the topsides to the sea bed. By 1976 Brent Bravo had started production, and later that year the second platform, Brent Delta was installed, which started production in 1977. Delta weighed 24,000 tonnes (the same as 2,000 London busses!) and the platform alone was as tall as the London Eye. The Brent field has reached the stage where production is no longer economically viable and decommissioning is underway. In 2011 Brent Delta stopped production. After 5 years of planning and 2 years of preparations, the entire Brent Delta platform was cut free from its supporting legs and brought ashore in one piece, where it will be dismantled and scrapped. Brent Delta Platform after being brought ashore in Hartlepool On the helipad View across the deck with the derrick and flare stack towering above More detailed view of the topdeck, where drilling activities were carried out View across the deck View in the other direction towards the crane Derrick and flare stack On the top deck where the drilling happened Hook and winch equipment The “doghouse” where drilling operations were controlled Heading below deck we find a workshop And various plant rooms There were various rooms for deployment of workers Sick bay The workers accommodation was pretty basic Central control room The engine room was tucked away below the accommodation block One of the emergency lifeboats Sign on the side of the platform
  2. My first non local explore. Was a big adventure for a 19 year old! 2009: Many thanks to Liam_CH for showing us round the Unisys towers in Brent, showing us all the best places. Explored by Liam, Myself and my friend James, we arrived bright and early, (me already tired at 10:30am, navigating London’s many “WTF?!?!?†road networks. After locating breakfast in the form of a sausage sandwich from a newsagents and a cup of coffee from a café, we were ready to go inside the buildings. After making a mad dash across the old car park, we entered into the reception area, and quickly went upstairs to take photos, downstairs could wait. There is so little information available on these Unisys buildings, although we did find plans from 1968 on the back stairs, and the latest test date on a fire hose was 1996, so an estimated dereliction date of 1996/1997. There is evidence of fire, and parties inside the building, but the place is heavily stripped. The roof is pretty incredible, and the kitchen area is very interesting, with a slick of rain water, mixed with 1996 chip fat which nearly sent me flying headlong into a stove, its also murder to get off, as you stick to it like fly paper. We didn’t explore the second tower, as Liam said there was no point, it was too similar and not as interesting. After Unisys we headed off to Collindale hospital, but my friend James was weary of the asbestos, so opted out, and Liam had to get back, and I didn’t want to go alone. Once again; many thanks to Liam for taking us to both places. It was really hard to cut the photos down to a proper amount! Evidence of a party, sorry its out of focus