Visited with @The_Raw, @Pinkman, @Maniac and @extreme_ironing.
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
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
Did not see many reports from this hospital. It was one that was in the process of demolition. One wing was already gone but this gave me an nice access to the basement through the rubble. It felt strange. the heating was still on,power and the clocks were also working.. Some of the x-ray machines were still powered on.Probably part of the building was still in use,as there was an ambulance in the garage.But i heard of rumours that there was an alarm there,so didn't explore this vehicle. Since I was alone this time, my senses were working overtime.At a certain time, I saw a vehicle of security parked outside of the building ,while I was on the top floor.Time to leave.I went back to the entry point,where the basement was in A pile of rubble and heard people going in just above me. Then I left via the back because the car was still parked at the front.
A nice explore, at the last day of the year.
1 the kitchen area
IMG_0316 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
2 Hallway with names of the persones who worked there
IMG_0323 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
3 one of the rooms
IMG_0327-HDR by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
4 sad looking lamp
IMG_0332-HDR by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
5 ready for scanning
IMG_0362 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
6 also ready for use
IMG_0369 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
6 already 15.45 ?
IMG_0379 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
7 more exam's today ?
IMG_0371 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
8 look into the light please
IMG_0394 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
9 to the children's ward
IMG_0373 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr