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Beatrice Alpha
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No: 2728   Contributor: Tigertweet   Year: 2010   Country: United Kingdom
Beatrice Alpha

The Beatrice field is in the Moray Firth, and can be seen from the shore - the coast of Sutherland can be seen in the picture. The Alpha is actually two platforms, the Bravo is a sometimes manned platform a few miles north, and the Charlie an unmanned platform a few miles to the south.
Picture added on 29 August 2012 at 12:44
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I did one trip on this platform for Oceanic Offshore Services during construction. The second jacket was lauched during that trip (not sure which one was which), I would say it was the one with the drill derrick).

I remember the pile driving which vibrated through the seabed and make the one I was on shake and vibrate all day and night.

It was a privilage to see this whole operation from the launch off the barge, the divers in the water to the whole thing going vertical when the tanks were flooded after which they were cut away.

I took photo's and lost the reels on my way home on the train south, totally gutted I was! But nice to see this photo after all these years.

Added by Tony Easom on 29 August 2012.
Beatrice was partially built at Ardersier in'78.
I remember working on the Generation Module when it was being constructed in the "bays" as the eight acre covered fabrication building was known. The Gen Module had eight Ruston gas Turbines in a row -impressive at the time. Is Big John Matheson from Lossiemouth still on it ?

Added by George Paton on 30 August 2012.
Was my very first Platform... well the "B"... then moved over to the Alpha. Nice to see her again.

Added by Hoopyok on 28 September 2012.
This was the second platform I worked on after being transferred from Thistle, whilst working for BNOC.

Added by Nick Fisher on 16 January 2013.
These Platform Jackets were built in Spain, they were then transferred to McDermott's yard in Ardersier to be completed as the welding was atrocious. I worked on them in Ardersier after just getting promoted to operating the American Hoist, Sky Horse Cranes, 11250's, this was in 1979.

Added by Kenny Mackay on 06 March 2013.
On the Beatrice alpha and bravo good number great crew cant even remember when early ninties I think

Added by Coll Strachan on 20 November 2014.
The Beatrice field is being shut down at the end of 2014. I'm really going to miss Beatrice

Added by Sandy Cartee on 19 December 2014.
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