Aberdeen

The last flight to the BP Miller.

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Today I want to show you the last ever flight to the BP Miller oil and gas platform. 

Also give you an insight in what happens during a routine Helicopter crew change. 

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The H.L.O gives permission for a flight to land on the deck. 

Sikorsky S92, landed on North Sea oil and gas, installation. 
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Offshore worker, happy to be returning to work. 

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Arriving offshore workers in their survival suits picking up their luggage and leave the helideck. 

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Bristows Helicopter pilot. 

Helicopter refuelling operations, North Sea oil and gas industry. 

Helideck team get ready the refuelling hose. 

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A Bristows, Sikorsky S92 Helicopter being refuelled on the oil and gas platform. 

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Departing offshore worker. 

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Button her up, time to leave. 

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As this was the last flight, the pilot was happy to conduct a fly by :) 

BP Miller oil and gas installation Helideck.

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Today id like to show a few single images. In recent times the Civil aviation has instructed for all UK oil and gas installations to install specific lighting set up on their helidecks, if they require flights in the hours of darkness.

The illuminated helideck against a North Sea sunset makes for quite an interesting image. 

Thanks

 

Lee

Highest point in the north sea.

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The BP Miller, has the tallest flare stack in the North Sea, at 162m high, 

(4m taller than Blackpool tower)

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Caught our breath back, after a lung busted 15 ladder climb. 

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Image of the Brae Bravo platform, from the top of BP Miller flare. 

Crane operator, working the supply vessel.

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Hello, 

Today ill like to show how an oil rig offloads new supplies, which range from equipment, tools and most importantly food! 

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While it is down to the crane operator to offload the containers from the supply vessel, it is all orchestrated by the offshore materials coordinator. 

The materials controller duties:

  • Arranging for the despatch and delivery of materials and goods
  • Making sure that materials and equipment have the necessary certification.
  • Ensuring that relevant stores are aware of deliveries and that they allocate space for goods on arrival.
  • Chasing up suppliers to ensure goods and materials are delivered on time to meet business needs.
  • Maintaining the materials management system.
  • Preparing reports on materials receipt and delivery and on the performance of suppliers
  • Acting as a focal point for suppliers and internal departments for questions about materials scheduling, problems, and the like.
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Norwegian supply vessel crew, unhooking the containers. 

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North sea oil and gas rig.

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Talisman 40 year old north sea oil rig - Auk

The Auk Oilfield is situated 249 kilometres (155 mi) east, southeast of Aberdeen, Scotland. It was operated by Shell UK in 50% partnership with ESSO until October 2006 when it was bought by Talisman Energy, and is now licensed by Talisman Energy. It was discovered in October 1970 in a water depth of 182 metres.

13 Talisman Auk north sea oil and gas platform plans drawing

Drawing courtesy of google images

Production started in December 1975 from the Auk 'A' platform. This platform is a steel, 8 legged jacket designed by Shell Oil and constructed at Methyl Fife Scotland. This jacket weighs 3,414 tonnes and support a topside weight of around 8,000 tonnes.

14 Aberdeen airport Bristow Departures

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Helicopter Departures.

15 Aberdeen offshore oil and gas Helicopter taxi for the industry

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Our transport to the platform, ready for action. 

17 Hot Work Spark potential permit to work ISSOW Draggar gas monitor meter

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For me to be able to take picture offshore, it is well controlled. Permit to work, and gas tests are required. 

18 Talisman Auk platform flare on the pipe deck north sea oil price equal rotation down man redundancies

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Flaring off excess gas. 

19 offshore north sea oil and gas workers working hard at the computer in the office

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Our office, where the magic happens. 

20 IRATA industrial rope access techniques being used to work at height safely

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Technician climbing to his work front. We use IRATA - industrial rope access techniques and procedures to work at height safely. 

21 SKN electrical abseiler working at height IRATA

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SKN electrical technician.

22 Electrical worker repairing a light fitting on an oil rig offshore in the north sea

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Electrical inspections being carried out. 

23 Oil and gas workforce on a tea break smoking drinking coffee

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After all that climbing, a cup of tea is required. 

24 Auk Oil rig platform Talisman TV lounge workers watching tv

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Off shift movie time. 

25 Auk oil gas rig room and shower

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40 year old ensuite rooms. 

26 Talisman Auk gas rig accommodation room bunk bed north sea oil rig price

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Bunks fit for a king.

 

A fact which i found funny - The field is named after the Auk a family of sea birds. There is a legend that it was to be called A UK, as the first British oilfield, until somebody realised that the sixth field would be called F UK and Shell's policy was rapidly changed to name their fields after sea birds. Shells sixth UK oilfield is called Fulmar.

 

 

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Thanks

 

An iPhone app called "True HDR"

A little while ago i got an iPhone app called

"True HDR"

Like most photography apps you download them, then instantly have a play in the home, not to be used again for awhile. 

Well this was no different. 

Today i was walking along a road where i saw an amazing setting sun illuminating some interesting looking information dishes. 

I tried to take an image on my iPhone 3GS, but the contrast between the sky and the foreground was too great and so the phone could not expose correctly. 

Perfect settings for a HDR image me thinks. 

The app takes 2 images one after the other and blends them together all automatically. 

You have to hold the camera extra still for this to work. 

Here are the images all taken with the app, and the final blended image. Which was processed in the phone.

I used the photoshop express app to add slight contrast and a vignette. 

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