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No: 114   Contributor: Craig McKay   Year: 2006   Country: United Kingdom
Magnus Platform

Northeast of Shetland, the jacket for the Magnus was the heaviest ever built at the time.
Picture added on 08 November 2006
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I am looking to use one of the images on this site for a flyer I am making in a project. Who can I contact regarding copyright and ability to use the image? This one of the Magnus in silhouette would be very good.

Added by Alistair MacLean on 28 March 2007.
Hi my name is Ian Newton, I worked on several modules of Magnus when they were built in the Teeside "Yards", I went out with her for Hook up and first oil> Happy memories as Telecomms Tech from 1981 to 1984. Kind Regards to all who worked on her and still man her.

Added by IAN NEWTON on 17 July 2009.
Hello to all who worked on Magnus. I worked on the modules in Holland, a great time was had by many and I worked on her on the hook up. Hello to all friends and work mates past and present.

Added by Mick Blenkinsop on 10 July 2010.
Hi My dad Mike Jones worked on the Magnus through construction, commissioning & was OME on board for several years. Often speaks about the good old days and all the people he worked with. She's an old lady now but still going strong I hear.

Added by Lesley Duncan (nee Jones) on 26 September 2010.
She's still going strong as ever, new crane's being built, Just had a 6 week TAR, new flare tip last year. Four new slot splitter wells to be drilled next year.

Added by Magnus Ops on 21 November 2010.
Many happy memories, over seventeen years on this, probably one of the best ever BP platforms.

Added by Peter on 17 February 2011.
Worked on Magnus pass, goods lifts 1986 onwards, my first time offshore, it was a great rig and I met many good people Joe Dollard, Kevin O'Neil, Doug Strachan.

Added by Ronnie Park, Lloyds British Testing on 10 August 2011.
I was a QC Inspector during the construction of the Magnus Jacket at Hi-fabs yard at Nigg Bay. In fact, I just heard this morning that the Macgregor Group have purchased the old Nigg Yard. I can remember witnessing pressure testing of the grout lines on night shift, in the freezing cold of a Scottish winter. My old pal Jack Marshall and I have fond memories of the fabrication of the Magnus Jacket.

Added by Charlie Rhoden on 03 November 2011.
Aye Charlie, I remember holding your hand in the dark. How are you doing pal. I'm struggling away out here in Trinidad, no frost in sight. How is Jack.

Added by Ramsay Bain on 09 June 2013.
I did a few trips on Magnus in the early 90's and on one memorable occasion a Canadian mud engineer whose name escapes me, new to the North Sea was working opposite me on nights. He was slowly finding his way round the platform and coming from the drilling office he arrived at what he remembered to be the door to the lift. "Ah yes" says he to himself "this is it" spying the innocuous looking button by the door. "The Brits call the elevator the lift and there it is. ESB. Lift flap and push button to operate" He pressed the button to summons his transport but it failed to appear. Meantime alarms were going off and the platform began to vibrate as the Emergency Shut Down Button initiated the sequence sending the current production up the flare stack with an impressive roar. With the absence of a lift on pressing the ESB it slowly dawned on him that he may somehow have been involved. He owned up and the OIM accepted it as a genuine mistake which had served to show that the ESBs needed modifying and shortly after that they were marked with black and yellow stripes and fitted with a pull tag. Making light of the affair a mocked up certificate was presented to him showing how he cost BP almost a million pounds in lost production before they got back onstream.

Added by Kip Watson on 26 June 2013.
The Magnus was the first jacket I worked on when I was an apprentice at Nigg.

Added by Alfie MacKay on 22 July 2013.
I remeber all of you guys, I was a welder on all of the structures built at Nigg, and I remember you lot, of balloons....

Added by Glesgaman on 30 March 2014.
Just by accident I happened on this as I was looking for something else. If you are still out there, drop me an e-mail on charlie_rhoden@yahoo.co.uk

Added by Charlie Rhoden on 19 November 2014.
Not sure if anyone here remembers Chris Brown OIM on Magnus back at the start, unfortunately Chris died last week following a long illness. The funeral was held today in Aberdeen. RIP Chris.

Added by on 04 December 2014.
Hi my name is Ian Newton, I was a Telecomms Tech with Alan Thompson for James Scott, seconded to BP, from hook up and also a few years after. We worked with Chris Brown on a regular basis, he was a really good man, so Sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Chris, our sympathy goes to his loved ones.

Added by IAN NEWTON on 04 December 2014.
Hi Ian, You will probably remember my Dad Mike Jones he was OME on the Magnus at the same time as Chris was OIM. He is still larger than life and going strong at 71 years old.

Added by on 15 December 2014.
Hi Lesely, Thanks for your E mail about your Dad Mike Jones, glad to hear he is ok, myself and I'm sure my old mate Alan Thompson, as Electrical Technicians working on BP Telecomms, we met your Dad quite a lot. Kind Regards to him and your family. Ian Newton.

Added by IAN NEWTON on 18 December 2014.
HI Lesely, I worked with your Dad a lot I spent 17years in Magnus (till BP found me out).
Does he still play "Feelings" on the Organ? It was his Christmas party piece

Added by MR PETER LYNN on 19 December 2014.
Haha, yes Peter he still plays Feelings and a lot more, your lucky he didn't do Diana cos he sings to that as well. Believe me your ears would bleed.

Added by on 23 February 2015.
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