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Brent Delta Platform
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No: 195   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 2005   Country: United Kingdom
Brent Delta Platform

Photo Courtesy of Shell Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd
Picture added on 30 November 2006
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I worked as a roustabout on the Delta from Dec 76 to June 77. Could there be a harsher part of the world to work in? I was pretty much the only American in a Canadian company with Scots for crewmembers. Naturally, since I was from Houston, they called me "Tex".

Added by Rick Vinas on 27 February 2008.
Is it possible to have some more photographs of the Brent Delta from different angles/directions - N S E W And possibly from its early days when it was leaving its birthplace until now, I have seen them somewhere before but dont know how to try and trace them.

Added by Brian Devanney on 19 November 2008.
Hi all, just came across this while browsing. I worked on Delta in Jan 1977 as night shift catering manager couple of months. Kept you hungry guys going. Must have been same time as you TEX. The first day I landed some one was killed, plank blew loose hit him on the head. Scarey start, only young lad 21!(32 year ago WOW) Think it was the largest platform in North Sea at the time. Bad cold winter that year and yes very harsh out there. I agree with Tex. Good Grubb plenty of Steaks even T Bones - you wouldn't get that nowadays!!!! All the best to anyone else who was there. Seems like yesterday.

Added by John Bentley on 04 December 2008.
I worked on the Delta during the hook up as one of the AOC Material Controllers, I remember the fog descending the day before I was due off on leave and got stuck for a week, or what seemed like a week, on the accommodation rig - The Nortrym. Other than that my memories are all good ( though the weather could be harsh ), the food and the camaraderie made up for that ( and the money ).

Added by Danny Mathieson on 25 May 2009.
From August 2005 till approx. October 2008 worked in the Brent Field on all the rigs but spending a year on the Brent Delta, the only Aussie rigger. Met some great blokes and a great rig to work on. Sorry about throwing the seagull into the store haha.

Added by Kymbo Mowbray on 01 June 2009.
i remember you Kymbo - nice ponytail man!!

Added by Spencer on 20 July 2009.
Worked on Delta 1975 for Mather + Platt, on the sprinklers. Long hours, killing time mostly, boring was not the word, good money though ...£3-00 per hour. Weekend millionaires when we got home after a fortnight - happy days.

Added by Johnny Kyte on 15 August 2010.
I was on the Delta in the warehouse. I remember all the deck crew, Alfie and there was Big Jizer with ops, good time back then.

Added by George C. B. Winters on 20 August 2010.
Hi, I worked on Brent Delta in the early eighties, it was the time the Pan-Am plane crashed in Lockerbie and Tommy Cooper died on stage. I worked for OCS IN THE NIGHT SHIFT GALLEY. I didn't like the Delta, as it was a real pain emptying the food containers as the container was put down - seemed miles from kitchen, and I felt it was unsafe. I was on 12 rigs, but the Delta made me feel uneasy, though I survived it.

Added by Iain Barnes on 25 August 2010.
I worked on the Delta as a roustabout for Westburne Drilling 1981-1983 and bought a photo of the platform at the time. Unless the rig has changed a lot since I was there, the photo above is not the Brent Delta!The accommodation block under the helipad is all wrong, and the flare stack is shorter than in the photo I have. I do remember having a great time when I was there. Stan Masson was the foreman, Big Bob was the derrickman, Paul Dabell and I worked the pipe-deck. Doing the "Pipe-deck Shuffle" to amuse ourselves in the pouring rain in the middle of the night! [Editor: Sorry Ian, still looks like the Delta to me - any other opinions?]

Added by Ian McNab on 30 September 2010.
It is the Delta, new accommodation block got fitted a few years back... just before they fitted the new flare stack.
But some things never change, Paul Dabell is still there working with the deck crew.

Added by Delta Derrickman. on 05 October 2010.
Yes it's the Delta with new accomadation added in 1994. I was plater and outfitter when constructed
in Burntisland Ship Yard along with Brent A, B & C. It has 5 levels, from elec switch room level 1 too sleeping levels 4 & 5.

Added by Mad Mcnic on 22 November 2010.
That Paul Dabell is my dad :) I have enjoyed every story he has told me about working offshore, especially the dancing stories :)

Added by Danielle Dabell on 26 March 2011.
This rig is the reason I wanted to get offshore. My dad (Jim Kemp) worked as spark on the Delta from the early 80s. the photos that he has of the Delta are the old polaroid type so dont know how I get the transferred to put on here.

Added by Brian Kemp on 13 April 2011.
I was the plater who laid out the the decks on the Brent A and Brent D replacement accommodation modules in 1977, at the Kestrel Marine yard, Dundee (transit sheds, riverside).

Added by Young Hoody ( aka Young Forkie) on 03 October 2011.
Interesting.....I worked for Westburne as an assistant driller for a year and a Driller for two years on the Delta.

Added by Denis Lamoureux on 22 November 2011.
I was the OIM on Delta and was there from 88 until 98. I loved my time there and remember Jim Kemp well. He was my Senior Electrical Engineer (RPE) and was as cool as a cucumber. Yes I also remember Jizer, bright as a button and respected by all. I have many happy memories of Delta and admire the men and women who made it what it was, and still is.

Added by Neil Hill on 14 December 2011.
I worked on Brent Delta from 1987 until 2008 as Instrument Pipefitter/Pipefitter and have loads of memories of the guys and characters I worked with during that time.

Added by Norman Ross on 26 February 2012.
Just heard that the Brent Delta is to be de-commissioned after producing oil & gas for 35 years against the 20 years tops by experts. I can remember the early days of the platform in the eighties and so many of the guys who worked there, the 4 billion barrels of oil however came at a heavy price when you think of the numbers who lost their lives, 43 alone in the Chinook crash, I still remember many of their names.

So many characters worked on the Delta hard to believe it was 1980 I first flew out there. When I finished offshore in November 1999 started with the Health Board as H&S responsible for Small & Medium enterprises in Lanarkshire a bit tamer but it meant you were home every night.

Added by Jim Ballantyne on 21 June 2012.
Hi my name is jim longmuir. I worked on the Brent delta from 1978. I started as a roustabout and worked my way to derrickman. My brother matt who sadly passed away recently also work on the delta. In fact he was the one that got me the job working for westbourne drilling. if I could go back I would do it all over again. It was the best time of my life. Great time and even better friendships. Only bad memory was the dan air plane crash. Big thanks to bob Anderson who guided me through my early years on the delta. Got to go. Getting a bit emotional now.

Added by Jim longmuir on 17 November 2012.
Ya!!! Good times on the Delta except for the Dan Air thing.....lost a few of my crew on that one. I took an extra week off from my Drillers Job for Westburne when that happened....otherwise would have been there that day...

Added by Denis Lamoureux on 22 November 2012.
Spent 6 years on the Delta from 91 to February 97. Met some good lads and had some great times. I particularly remember Jizer (Steve Walton) and Stix (Dave Wood - the funniest man I ever worked with).

Many fond memories with some great people.

Added by Ian Sherry (Butler) on 08 December 2012.
Worked on the Delta for 20 years - started with Westburne Drilling then Lasalle London Bridge and Wood Group - on the helideck as HLO then as Admin - recognise many of the names mentioned above - loads of characters out there!

Added by Ally Macdonald on 22 March 2013.
My Dad worked on the Delta and I remember his friends Ally and Gus. My Dad sadly passed nearly 8 yrs ago but it would be good to speak to some of the guys who spent many yrs with him.

Added by Fiona McDonald on 27 November 2014.
Has anyone got any more pictures of the Brent Delta? spent 20 years on there and I don't have one! No mobile phones in those days!

Added by Ally Macdonald on 05 December 2014.
20 happy years spent on Delta with some great guys had a lotta laughs all the best to all on Delta

Added by Martin Bell on 08 January 2015.
Hi, spent 17 years on Delta, remember lots of names and worked with lots of great guys Hi Ally, Martin, Ian and I guess Fiona must be Ashley's daughter.

Added by Jim MacDonald on 07 February 2015.
Hi Jim MacDonald, I am Ashley's daughter.

Added by Fiona McDonald on 14 February 2015.
Hi Jim. so what you up to these days? Drop me an email. Would love to here from you! And Hi Fiona!

Added by Ally Macdonald on 20 February 2015.
Started to recognise so many names now and put faces to them all! I used to be public enemy number one after taking over from Ron the Roof when the fog came in and everyone's Granny suddenly died!

Added by Ally Macdonald on 20 February 2015.
Hi Ally, I'll drop u an email soon I promise it's been totally hectic and I have pics of the rig for u as well x

Added by Fiona McDonald on 25 February 2015.
I worked on the delta from 1980-86 for westburne drilling remember jim and matt longmuir bob anderson the two tams would love to get in touch with jimmy doc pipedeck foreman anybody know where he is not seen him for almost 30 years.

Added by Jim Welsh on 08 March 2015.
I've posted this comment on the other Northern Fileds platforms as I kew people on all the platforms

"It's great to read through these company and individual's names. I was one of the original blokes who set up Brent Log in 1978 working originally for Solus Schall ( based on the Nordraug alongside the Brent Alpha) Arranging the flying infield and from Sumburgh. At one stage with all the shuttles , bus runs and S61s flogging backward and forward from Sumburgh, the Brent Field was having more aircraft movements than Heathrow. I recognise some of the names above . Does anybody remember crew changing via the Stena Germanica ? My God ! Health and safety wouldn't allow that now. Really busy then but enjoyable and got to know some great blokes out there . I left to go to the Fulmar for a few years then back to Brent Log which had relocated to Cormorant Alpha finally leaving in 1996 ....

Added by John Vaughan on 29 May 2015.
I loved my time on the Delta, 90 to 94, when I headed off to NZ. Best wishes to all the guys.


Added by Ritchie Bleasdale on 22 June 2015.
Yes ritchie there was good times I was in the stores.


Added by George Winters on 23 June 2015.
John Vaughan - I remember the name now from Brent Log - I took over as Admin HLO from Ron (the roof) Hodgkinson (prat!)I remember Cammy Little (who doesn't!)Lee Cooper. Trying to beg extra seats back to Sumburgh!

Added by Ally Macdonald on 25 June 2015.
Hi George - I remember you went to Spain to live?

Added by Ally Macdonald on 26 June 2015.
HI Ally , Ron the Roof .... now there's a name to conjure up some memories! Lee emigrated to Perth W. Australia and Cammie I last heard of in Perth Scotland.


Added by John Vaughan on 27 June 2015.
Hi ally still in Spain and working in Libya now but on stand by not safe just now.

Added by George winters on 30 June 2015.
Oil company Shell intends to start a 10-year process to dismantle and remove one of Britain s oldest and biggest oil platforms, Brent Delta, the company said on Tuesday. Yoast SEO plugin.

Added by Tafadzwa on 20 September 2015.
I worked as a storeman on the Brent Delta with Wood Group for 7 years (did spells on Charlie too). One of the best times of my life loved working there. Was in the deck store when Green Peace took over the Spa and had a birds eye view of what was going on !! Deck crew I worked with had Jake Molloy in it. Made many friends from all over the world when I worked offshore

Added by Tom McGinnis on 03 November 2016.
Worked on Brent D 1977. I remember the huge gas flare as they only wanted the oil then. Nortrym was accommodation barge. Now it is decommissioned but they are leaving the legs behind as a memory.

Added by Gordon Stalker on 11 February 2017.
Nostalgic moment - Pat Brennan - worked on the Delta circa 1978 for a few years - Westbourne Drilling - Fantastic mix of guys there for all sorts of reasons. I'm terrible with names although I recognise a few here - if memory serves I was known as 'mad paddy'. A little different from the business 'afterlife' but what a vibrant crazy life for a few years !!

Added by Pat Brennan on 15 April 2017.
I was R/O on Delta for about 18 months ... probably '78/'79. Fellow R/O's were Geoff Clarkson, Mike Alexander and another Geoff ... can't remember his surname. We used to call him Shirley Temple due to his curly hair. Just running thru' the news this morning and the Delta is no more. Been lifted off in a "oner" for scrapping !

see : www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-39758957/brent-delta-platform-removed-from-legs

Added by Malcolm Macfarlane on 30 April 2017.
So sad to see Delta go. I was lucky enough to work on her from May to August 1980 as a roustabout with AMOD. Great accommodation, we were in the PLQ and not with the bears in the TLQ, excellent food and recreation and the Shell blokes were the best, great to work with. My shift mate with AMOD was an Englishman named Bram, but I can't remember his surname. Really nice guy and I hope he's still with us. Also another good bloke was a Kiwi rigger for Westburne named Miles Ritchie from Gore. He's the only bloke I've ever met from there which is probably the remotest place in the world. Went from one to the other, though he spent his summers in the Greek Isles and told some good stories. I'm from Oz and I really loved working on Delta, the summer of '80 was glorious, I did one on one off and enjoyed the most beautiful weather. Scored a start with Loffland Bros on a drill crew that August and left for two years on Ninian Central but I could see Delta from there so it was nice to keep in touch some way with my first rig. Nice to read your comments guys, and nice to be a part of it.

Added by James Natt on 06 May 2017.
Malcolm - the radio op was Geoff Barlow from Fleetwood - the other was Alex from Wick. I used to cover them in the radio room for lunch breaks

Added by Ally Macdonald on 10 May 2017.
The enormous flare stack identifies it as Brent Delta. It is now retired like me. I worked there exactly 40 years ago. Westburne Drilling toolpusher Ray Eggenburger went mad and disappeared into the false ceiling above his office.

Added by Gordon Stalker on 11 May 2017.
Ally ... thanks ... yes that's the one !

I moved over to the Dunlin Alpha after the Delta .... no doubt she will suffer the same fate eventually.

Added by Malcolm Macfarlane on 13 May 2017.
Early eighties on pipe deck with Billy Morgan - A legend....Sandy...

Added by Sandy Addison on 26 July 2017.
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