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No: 553   Contributor: Alex Brown   Year: 2007   Country: United Kingdom
Murchison Platform

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The Murchison was owned by Conoco when I was on it in the early 90s. On it I had a close shave - I was inspecting the flare boom using rope access. If you look at the boom, it's unusual in that it has two diagonal supporting struts coming from the corners of the MSF us to a 'shoulder' platform about halfway up the boom. These struts were at very odd angles, and took a long time working our way down. Once finished we were taking our kit off at the base of the flare when the deluge went off and everything from the process went out through the flare. Even in the middle of the deluge, the heat from the flare was almost unbearable. I hate to think what it would have been like an hour earlier when I was half way up the boom. I'm pretty sure I'd have been jumping.

Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 24 December 2007.
I worked on the Murchison in 1990 as a Roustabout and I must admit it was one of the best platforms I'd ever worked on. The drill crew was huge with six Roustabouts and four maintenance Roustabouts on one shift. The "Crack" with all the guys was great!! No matter how many times you saw it, it always brought a smile to your face to see some new guy walking around with a polystyrene cup stuck on his hard-hat with a blob of dope.

Added by Ronny Watson on 25 February 2008.
Hi there, my dad worked on the Murchison in the 80's and I am looking for anyone who knows him. His name is Ronald Godfrey Lucas. I would be grateful if you could contact me as he is 70 in January 2009. Please contact me.

Added by Delanie on 09 April 2008.
Worked on the Murchy from 2003 to August 2008 as a production tech before emigrating to Australia and it was the best rig I have worked on in my 15 years offshore.
Some of the best guys working in the north sea are on the Murchy !!!

Added by Soggymuffin on 21 August 2008.
On the Murchison August 2008 and I agree with comments above, been on a few around North Sea and find a good bunch of guys from core crew to all us subbies working on here. Wish they were all like this.

Added by Robbie Begg on 24 August 2008.
I worked on Murchie for a few years from 1990 as fire and gas tech, great rig great grub (rare thing these days) at the time, just a long long bum numbing flight to get there.

Added by Mark Wilson on 27 October 2008.
My dad works on there I think. His name is Buck Taylor (HLO), now lives in Spain. Anyone knoq him?

Added by Craig Taylor on 20 January 2009.
Looking at the picture of the Murchi brought back some good memories, I was on during the hook-up stage in 78/79 with Rigblast some good times with a good set of guys, and Ronny Watson's right, don't forget about the cup on the hard hat.

Added by Bill Fitzpatrick on 01 April 2009.
Thanks for posting this picture. My little boy (ha ha!) arrived on the rig yesterday (10th June 2009), so it's good to see from the comments that he's with a good bunch.
So if anyone sees an Andy Northway walking about on the rig over the next couple of weeks, stick a cup on his hat and tell him his Dad says Hi!

Added by Mark Northway on 11 June 2009.
I was the Special Projects Engineer for the Conoco Designed Murchison Platform. The big boss was Tom Marr. . .absolutely the best guy I ever worked for. He got the work done on time and under projected cost, in spite of a number of obstacles, including somewhat jealous managers on his back.

We did 168 special engineering jobs, so no question that function is a necessity for big projects. Loved the job. Loved the Brits on our staff. Best Technical Engineers in the world! Loved Britain and the chance to see that part of the world.

Added by Killough Young on 28 June 2009.
A great platform to work on. Fun and Integrity. Love it! I had a brief engagement on the Murchie, as an Elec/Tech with PSN, and it was a great atmosphere. Thanks "Murchie". Johnny Adams, (Cockney Johnny).

Added by John Adams on 27 October 2009.
My father, John W Norris, was a drilling supervisor for Conoco on the Murchison in the 80's. He also worked on the Hutton TLP when it was first commissioned. He passed Febuary of last year.

Added by Daniel Norris on 13 January 2010.
Good to read all the comments about the Murchison! The cup on the hard hat comment was hillarious!! It wasn't uncommon to see three or four guys walking about with cups on their hat's on a daily basis!! HA-HA! I can recall one night before we knocked off night shift that a serious water fight broke out amongst the drill crew, everything from surgical glove water bombs, hoses and buckets were utilised!! I had a whole dustbin full of water thrown over me from above the shaker room!! HAPPY DAY'S!! , and good memories!!

Added by Ronny Watson on 21 January 2010.
Hi ya, my dad Ron Lucas passed away in August last, 2009. He had some fab stories about the Murchison. We even have video footage. All in your orange boiler suits. Aah he had some good memories there.

Added by Del on 21 January 2010.
Well I'm sitting in Houston and laughing my arse off. I was on Murchison for Conoco in the mid 80s for a brief period and walked around the platform with 2 cups on my hat for hours until eventually I saw my reflection. The amazing thing was how everyone else could keep a straight face. The tannoy call was "Squirrel Drilling Engineer to the floor" and off I went.

Cheers!

Added by Norman Ritchie on 27 January 2010.
I worked for Conoco at HQ in London in personnel/training dept. in the late 70's/early 80's. Still have a Conoco commemorative perspex paperweight block containing Murchison Field First Oil, September 20th, 1980. It's been with me these past 30 years wherever I have worked.

Added by Lesley on 05 March 2010.
I was a commissioning spark on the Murchison at the hook-up had a great 8 months, 3 week trips doing 15/16 hour days.tOt would kill me now. I have photos of when the Uncle John was lifting the flare boom on, I was commissioning the flog light on the corner closest to the camera on the pict above. Holee mackeral! one of the ropes snapped to a sound like a bullet, I must have been off my rocker.

Added by John Monteith on 24 March 2010.
I too worked on the Murchison during the late 70's early 80's and still have the commemorative paper weight - great platform to work during the hook up.

Added by John on 10 June 2010.
My Dad Jim Law worked on this rig as a QA/QC Engineer I think. He also worked on the Hutton TLP in the same role. He died in 1999 of smoke inhalation in a house fire.

Added by Stuart Law on 22 June 2010.
My boyfriend is working on this rig, and it's a nightmare getting off, always flights getting cancelled.

Added by Angel on 09 September 2010.
Yes have to agree with Angel on that comment, we used to have 3 o clock flight and it was called the money flight as you were quite often kept on for an extra day because it had been cancelled!!!

Added by Robbie Begg on 10 September 2010.
I was lab tech on Murch at start up. Took the first oil samples that ended up in the commemorative acrylic blocks Lesley mentions above! Great platform great people. Went onto the Hutton TLP for a few years. Took that first oil sample too.

Added by Simon on 15 October 2010.
I don't think I've seen so many positive comments about one particular rig. Only goes to show what a great bunch worked on the Murchie over the years. There were some real characters on there, one chap in particular shall remain " nameless " but I'll always remember his moral boosting saying: " Gie Yer Muckers Dunger A Damm Good Thumbing!! " Had me in stiches everytime I heard it !!

Added by Anon on 16 October 2010.
Worked on the hook up in 1980ish for M&A, anyone around from that time?
Damn cold up there!!! The coldest time I ever had in the North Sea!

Added by Mike Beck, on 09 December 2010.
Yeah winter time on there was murder, especially for the drill crew. I can remember painting handrails in a gale force wind. I think my overalls had more paint on them than the handrails did !! Anything to look busy !!

Added by Ronny Watson on 10 December 2010.
what was nice was the modules were all enclosed so it didn't get too parky. In the winter you hardly saw the sun and in the summer it only dipped below the horizon for an hour.

Added by John Monteith on 14 December 2010.
Hello all!! First set foot aboard on 31/12/79 at 19.00. I switched the absolute FIRST platform lighting circuit on and stayed until hookup completed 12 months later. Worked for James Scott as welding and TL spark. Went back as contractor for James Scott in 1990 and liked it so much I stayed until 1998. By then the job had changed so much for the worse that I was glad to leave and end my offshore career of 23 years. A BIG hello to Eddie/Billy Robertson and all the Conoco sparks/crew. Great lads! GRANDFATHER clocks!!! Retired and never worked since. (BIG smiley x 3).

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 24 December 2010.
Alan, I remember you well! You were also on the Claymore in circa 1976/77 as TL spark were you not?

Added by Mike Beck on 24 December 2010.
I am so fortunate to have been part of the Murchison team from its very early days. As many of the others have written, Murchison had a team spirit and environment unlike many other installations. I smile each time I glance at the Murchison picture on my wall. Great place, great people.

Added by Don Anderson on 15 February 2011.
I was on the Murch from it's commisioning to the point of sale. Wonder if anyone remembers me, or if not my memorable performance as Cinderella in the Panto?

Added by Bob Hutchinson on 19 February 2011.
Bob I have a picture of you playing the part...

Added by Simon Harbord on 20 February 2011.
I was on the Murchison hook-up, came alongside the platform on the Borgland Dolphin barge. Great days and times. When it finished I moved to the platform, along came a vessel called the Berg Worker which was a boat so every day shuttling to the platform back and forth. I had a mate called Jim Mooore from Glasgow, he dealt in gold offshore and he used to bring king prawns and other goodies to me every day on the platform.

Added by Scott Diplexcito on 28 February 2011.
As a Roustabout on nightshift with nothing much to do, one would start to get a bit peckish after midnight. A quick call to the galley asking for a steak and onion sandwich for the driller and it was job done!! The driller on our crew ate quite a lot of steak and onion sandwiches!! :)

Added by Ronny Watson on 01 March 2011.
I was on the hook up as well on the Dolphin electrican, was on a Norwegian pipe laying vessel for two trips. Great grub but we were so far down in the bowels of the ship the shower was painful on your skin.

Added by J Monteith on 03 March 2011.
Nice reading these comments I am about to join the Murchison on 5th April and I have heard good and bad things The comments have eased some of my fears.

Added by Les mcintyre on 16 March 2011.
My dad worked on the Platform during construction stage. I would have been under 10 years old at the time, Dad was 3 on 2 off? I remember the 'name' Borgland Dolphin believe that this was the accomodation rig that came alongside after the legs were towed out and sank? Was there a gangplank walkway between them?
I half remember many stories of the time, but would love to get a better picture.
Sadly Dad died in 1999 and though we were close, we never talked enough about his time on the Rigs.
His name was Phil Brady, a welder from Glasgow.
My main memories are of copious amounts of Conoco stickers and memorabilia, but they are all gone now! I think only the odd photo exists.
If any of the guys from the time have any recollections, I'd love to hear from you.

Added by Michael Brady on 30 March 2011.
I had 2 stints on Murchison - at the start in 1979 and again in 1993. Great times on both occassions. Good to see Simon, Bob H and Don Anderson offering comments. Sad to hear John Norris passed. I still work for the ConocoPhillips.

Added by Ian McCulloch on 14 April 2011.
I worked on the Murchison/Borgland Dolphin on the hook-up stage on the catering crew.
Chris Stratford.
Now on the Buchan and the Piper.
Best rig I ever worked on!

Added by Chris Stratford on 29 April 2011.
@Bob Hutchinson
Of course you’re remembered. Once met never forgotten (in a nice way).
The Christmas Panto was a highlight.


Added by Steve McAvoy on 21 May 2011.
Ah! the sods opera! bob was a star along with Les. Siumon an ugly sister. Had my own small part. Great fun great days. Miss the old girl. Any one still have a copy of the Murchison movie? I have some copies of the Team Pix that were done at one time. Drop me a line if you want a copy.

Added by Stuart Trelfa on 01 June 2011.
I worked on the Murchison in the early 80's for Bawden Drilling. Good times and great crack, wonder what happened to Speedy, Ernie Dow, Mick Read, George Fleet etc..??

Added by Peter O'Donnell on 23 June 2011.
I worked on the Murchison from May to October 1980 as roustabout for Bawden.The best rig I ever worked on? the only rig I ever worked on!

Added by Brian Collinson on 29 June 2011.
I was a Driller on the Murch for 2 years, Aug 80 - Aug 82, that thing drilled like hell and I know we set all the high benchmarks for performance back then. Diesel based OBM helped, great stuff...anyone remember the near fatal we had on a foggy attempt to find the heli deck in an S61? Flew past the standby boat, then over the helideck, then between the west crane and derrick, then head on into the flare. Just missed it and needless to say we were more than upset about it. Closest I have ever came to losing it in 40 years on rigs. It was a great rig to work, lots of good hands and I know a lot of them went on to become successful OIM's, managers, supers, trainers, all around good people.

Added by Dick Scaife on 24 July 2011.
I think the Murchie was the only rig I worked on where I felt settled within an hour of starting the first shift on a trip. This was due to the familiar faces and the " Crack " in general. I was on there for nearly a year, and had the same cabin every trip. Laundry dropped off outside your door before breakfast, Smashing!!

Added by Ronny Watson on 02 August 2011.
I worked on the entire Murchison hook-up for Blandford Offshore. Great rig with good lads. I was lifted over the side on a billy pugh to cut the sea fastenings for the derrick sections. I still hate that crane driver who lifted us as high as he could then spun us round the rig once before dropping us onto the supply boat. Lots and lots of great stories from that job.....

Added by Neil Carson on 16 August 2011.
I just spent my last trip on the Murchison out of the 5 platforms I cover it was my favourite, and only one I am going to miss. everyone friendly alot of good times had on good ol Murchi and alot of laughs.

Added by Anna Bergstrom on 22 September 2011.
I worked as a Roustabout/Roughneck on the Murchie for KCA Drilling around 97/98. Best thing I can remember was the grub; especially over the festive period. Saddest thing I remember was hearing the news that princess Diana had died; affected the whole crew.

Added by Glen Alexander on 05 January 2012.
Does anyone know Stuart Law, Dave Reilly or Graham Walker who worked on the construction/ engineering (integrity) side of the Murchison? I would like to get back in touch.

Added by Stuart Law on 11 January 2012.
Hi Stuart,
How could I forget you!. Dave still working for Petrofac in Bridge View. I saw him there a couple of months ago. Graham as far as I am led to believe is still with Petrofac I last heard of him being in Australia with them. Hope this helps

Added by Stuart Trelfa on 18 January 2012.
Think Graham Walker is an OIM on Conoco Philips LOGGS Platform. Southern North Sea.

Added by Bob Hutchinson on 18 January 2012.
My name is Leslie William Ashdown and I was the Project Sevices Manager working under Tom Marr from 1974 until first Oil production.
This was a fantastic project which finished on time and within budget due to the excellent achievement of the personnel working onshore and offshore. This is one of the great memories of my life

Added by Leslie William Ashdown on 25 January 2012.
Great reading all these comments about the Murchie!! It must have more comments about it than any other rig on this site? Wonder what kind of state the old girl is in these days?

Added by Ronny Watson on 02 February 2012.
I'v just retired (20yrs) working on the Murchison, told the wife I was going out for a newspaper, fond memories of all the guys above, Bob Hutch, Stu Trelfa, Jim Law, Ian McCulloch, Soggy, and many many more, reading about the cup on the hat stunt reminded me of some of the tricks me and my mate Shaun O'Connor used to play on our workmates.

One day Joe Cowen (Inst) was working in the well bay deck near to the telephone that we had already been to, and copper slipped the ear piece, we were stood above him in the well-bay mezz, so we put out a tannoy for him, he duly answered the phone and we started asking him questions that had him shaking and nodding his head, we then raced back to the tea shack to await our victim, after a few minutes in he walked with the biggest gold covered ear that you have ever seen in your life, the tea-shack was in uproar when they saw him and guessed right away who had got to him. He spent the whole day walking round with his gold ear how everyone kept a straight face when they were talking to him I don't know.

Added by Pete Harrison on 21 February 2012.
Hi I worked on the Murchy with SAS in 1988/1990. Don I remember u, as well as Gazza from Inverness.. Jackie bacon from Largs, aussie jane, George Dodds, george that was 1 of the chefs from glasgow and jim that was 1 of the OIM's when I was on. and jane renfrew and murdo can any of the 88/90 workers remember any of this people?

Added by Paula Fowlie on 24 February 2012.
Joe is still knocking about. I saw him about a year ago in Aberdeen currently working in the Far East. I recall Mr Harrison once telling a young lad that when it was really foggy, you couldn't see your hand in front of your face in the accomodation

Added by Stuart Trelfa on 28 February 2012.
We could tell a few stories about the Murchie Stuart, like the times you used to keep Mr O'Connor talking in M13 about MUFC, whilst I was out doing all the graft. lol

Added by Pete Harrison on 29 February 2012.
I remember most of the people Paula mentioned including Maggie Bell and many others from SAS. Since it is almost 20 years since I left it, I downloaded Crude Britannia - The Story of North Sea Oil and watched the second part. It has quite a few shots of the Murchie and some of the crew. Alexa Reid gets a couple of clips reminiscing. Her hair is almost as grey as mine now. ;-)
Unfortunately the last part of the programme deals with the Piper. :-(


Added by Steve McAvoy on 29 February 2012.
Hi Paula. I remember you, Aussie Jane, and Alexa. I also remember Audrey. You all worked in the laundry from time to time. I asked Audrey out on a date, and she said yes, but that was my last trip on the Murchie so I never did go on that date Lol. Hope alls good with you!! :)

Added by Ronny Watson on 07 March 2012.
I worked at Whessoe Offshore, We built the upper Modules in the Fabrication Yard at Dock point Middlesbrough. I am so proud and amazed it is still working. One of my first rigs.
I am now out in Malaysia designing more rigs and platforms.
It has been an amazing career with some amazing Engineering and wonderful engineers and a lot of fun from those Bechtel days till now. Always a great bunch of lads and always a lot of fun and support.

Added by Paul Docherty on 11 March 2012.
I had pleasure of being there from design to being redundant 18 yrs later. Now living in Mallorca. Good times.

Added by Barrie Pennington on 11 March 2012.
I started on the Murchie late 1980 and am still there! worked as a module cleaner, then deck crew, then Stores assistant and currently in a dual role of Radio OP/Materials. I'm glad to see so many names I recognise from the early days. Bob Hutch used to call me "dart" short for D'Artagnan due to my Table Tennis backhand style...happy memories playing regularly with the likes of Bob, Tom (Ganzi) Newall and Alan (Woody) Woodward. Murchie is now nearing the end as we're advised there's about 2 more years Production and then a further 2 years or so on decommissioning.

Added by Ian Murphy on 15 March 2012.
Hi Ronny.. yes everything good with me.. moved away from Brechin about 8 years ago and now closer to the Murchison than I was before lol.. Not as far as Shetland but close!.. I have been tryin to get in contact with Aussie Jane and the rest of the lasses but they aint on facebook that I can see.. couldn't mind on aussie Janes last name .. any ideas? :)

Added by Paula Fowlie on 15 March 2012.
I've still got a copy of the Christmas show video for 1985 - no idea if it would play as its on vhs.
Anyone remember the awards the Murchison Nigels that we used to present each year - they seemed to be much treasured although I can't think why anyone would want to advertise that they had been awarded "Back stabber of the year" or "Armpit of the year". Graham Walker mentioned somewhere above has just retired. Gordon Cairns is still working for ConocoPhillips as am I, but retirement is getting nearer.

Added by Simon Babb on 23 March 2012.
Good to hear from you Simon and to see Gordon is still around. Retirement is getting closer for all of us, now.

Added by Steve McAvoy on 24 March 2012.
Simon Harbord, Bob Hutch, Don Anderson, Stuart Trelfa etc. etc. - good to hear you are all still around! Took redundancy/early retirement 1996. Regularly correspond with Mike Hilliard (ex-radio op.) who is now living in Jakarta. Susan and I enjoying retirement in Dumfries & Galloway.

Added by Alan Lammin on 26 March 2012.
Hi Paula, Can't remember Jane's surname. I pretty much lost touch with most of my crew when I left the Murchison except for one or two of the guys. I got a job with Noble after that and floated about from rig to rig for a year or so, then turned professional as a musician which I'm still doing today, and with having 3 children now I'm kept pretty busy. Good to hear alls well with you! :)

Added by Ronny Watson on 27 March 2012.
Good to hear from some names I remember. Would love to do a virtual tour of the Murch now that's it's like me and in its declining years. I retired at fifty and now find myself working one office away from Simon Babb whom my wife Sue works for! It's a small world isn't it? Thinking of starting a Murch old boys club if anyone is interested.

Added by Bob Hutchinson on 27 March 2012.
She obviously made a positive impression on all of us - 33 years on and still with ConocoPhillips, Murchison is unforgettable. We need organise a reunion - re-convene Hutchinson Robinson Parnham Trefla Herrington Rutherford Harbord etc for a re-run of the Panto. I can offer Glasgow or Stornoway as venues. And I am sure Don Anderson, our first OIM will cross the pond for the occasion !!. For whatever reason I missed the Panto, but remember Mastermind with Bob Hutchinson as question master and Clive Rutherford in the black chair - simply the best. To this day I still see the late Fred Harris, OIM, laughing and smiling. Memories indeed. Also great to hear from Ian Murphy and of course Alan Lammin. I remember in 1994 standing in the cinema, as the OIM, and declaring abandonment - and look 18 years later she continues, Regards to all, Ian



Added by Ian on 27 March 2012.
Sounds like a good idea to Sue and I, Ian. Not too sure about Stornoway though, Glasgow is nearer for us!

Added by Alan Lammin on 29 March 2012.
How come all the comments are from B crew? What happened to A crew? Am I the only one left?

Added by Barrie Pennington Inst. Tech Cond Mon on 03 April 2012.
Murchison is still looking good today, just returned home after a short visit to her. From first working there in 1995 to how she looks today it's a testament to the guys onboard who keep the place so clean and tidy in comparison with similar aged platforms.

Added by Mike McKenzie on 05 April 2012.
I was on A crew as well, for a time and my sins.

Added by Steve McAvoy on 07 April 2012.
So you were and a welcome addition to the Campbell clan. Any news of the others? Mike Gallahar. Kept in touch for a while. My son Ross is on maden voyage of rig from Singapore to Rio but only a tiddler by comparison.

Added by Barrie Pennington on 09 April 2012.
I was A crew too. Have some treasured memories of my time on Murchison, just over 12 years between 83 to late 95. I still bump into Ricky (China) Barclay and John Edwards (remember he fell off the east crane)on Union Street when walking home after work. I also see the Elder Lemon (Ernie Jones ) a lot. He must live close by to where I'm office based at the Queens Cross roudabout / Carden Place. I still remember the time you burnt out the dymo tape machine Barrie using the wrong mains lead. The PM coords office and outside M13 control / stores stank of fish for ages. Yes it was a great place to work with some wonderful folk.
Happy days

Added by Dave Rogers on 16 May 2012.
Brings back good memories spent, 13 years on the Murchison on B crew seing all the names brings a tear to the eye (nearly). I am now living in the U.S in Tennessee close to Nashville.
Donny Nicolson Services spec.

Added by Donny Nicolson on 20 May 2012.
@Added by Peter O'Donnell on 23 June 2011
I worked on the Murchison in the early 80's for Bawden Drilling. Good times and great crack, wonder what happened to Speedy, Ernie Dow, Mick Read, George Fleet etc..??

Ernie Dow haha what a guy, he used to drink in my mum and dads pub, out in Kemnay. After he finished on the rigs, I think his last rig was Beatrice. He ended up working For Noble (Bawden) in their yard.

Anyway you don't get many characters like Ernie anymore.

Added by Jamie Harding on 12 June 2012.
Really tremendous comments re. the ole Murchison Platform. I was with Conoco at the time, joined the project in 1978, supervised the fabrication of the 'Wellhead Modules' at Ponticelli's yard in Bordeaux, later the hook-up team in Dundee and as one of the four General Supervisors offshore. Hats off to Tom Marr and Jose Rodriguez for a job well done! Excellent effort by all involved in every discipline! Proud to also have been part of the Hutton TLP and the LOGGS gas platforms later in the 80's. Now working in Alaska with ExxonMobil.

Added by Terry McDonell on 24 June 2012.
Video showing the fabrication of topsides and jacket and also offshore hook-up.

ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=3124

Added by Paul on 28 June 2012.
Almost brings tears to your eyes reading all these reminiscences and recognising most of the writers. Murchison was without doubt the most enjoyable period of my working life, about 18 years there and then about 4 on TLP. I have had some good jobs and experiences since but nothing compares to Murchy! I do remember the first panto with, among others, Bob, Les, Ken Herrington (was it a bunny costume and high heels? Ex sailor I think - say no more!). Bob and Clive's mastermind. Fascinating to see all those familiar names. Still got lots of pics from those old days including those A & B crew "class" photos somewhere!

Added by Dave Johnson on 09 July 2012.
Started first day with Steve Mcavoy in 1982 remember all the names mentioned - hello to all. Was one of the sparkys. Ricky and Adam are still there. I am going out next week for a visit. No other platform could get these comments. Friendliest platform in the North Sea, a true legend.

Added by Scott Russell on 17 July 2012.
Back in '81 myself and a few worthies set off in a lifeboat, ( I was coxswain ) for a sail. I think the idea was to drop a sparky (Rob Armstrong) off on one of the subsea buoys to change a bulb in the navaid. Needless to say we dropped him off and buggered off for half an hour leaving him bobbing on the buoy. Eventually we took pity and picked him up again, slightly green at the gills. I had brought a little camera with me on the boat so took a picture of the platform from sea level. Then it was back under the falls for a pick up. With a bit of swell running it took a few runs to get back onto the falls for the long haul up.

Fast forward 31 years and I'm early retired and loving it, stay down near St Cyrus now. I've been going to an art group for a while now, been painting and selling the odd painting for a few years now. Looking for inspiration I was going through some old photos and found the one I took from the lifeboat way back then. All the memories came flooding back. Anyway the resultant painting came out satisfactory and I kept the colour cast of the original photo as I liked the effect.

So if any of you guys would like an A3 copy of the painting, on decent paper, I got a decent scan and my printer did a good job of it, I'd be happy to send you a copy for say £8, which will just about cover my time and postage, in a cardboard tube. I'm not looking to make money out of this just give you guys a memento of a great place.

Happy days.

Simon

PS anyone remember Eric the guillemot ?

Added by Simon Harbord on 26 July 2012.
Yea gods floods of memories coming back here, Alan the trips to Aberdeen in the car talking about book shops!!!, Old names and faces. Still working in the oil game out in Burma now, heard just now Phil Johnston passed on, so sad yea gods I gave him such headaches..yes I was a crap mecky!

Added by Tim Underwood on 03 August 2012.
Sorry to hear this about Phil.! ?
Viking mafia member with model hairdo but fitters fingers!
Great chap. Good memories.

Added by Barrie Pennington Inst Spec. on 07 August 2012.
Ah Mr Blunderwood you finally realised you were rubbish!!!! but a good soul all the same Tim and I wish you well. I wasn't aware that Phil had gone to the big fishing lake in the sky but he will still be talking about maggots to anyone who would listen.


Added by Stuart Trelfa on 07 August 2012.
funny video I found of some horseplay on the murchy

http://s1161.photobucket.com/albums/q515/lola12335/?action=view¤t=Goonsonyournearlythere.mp4

Added by Jamie on 02 September 2012.
Sorry to hear about Phil Johnston I last spoke to him when we were doing our survival refresher about 5 years ago he had not changed one bit.

Added by Donny Nicolson on 05 September 2012.
@ Jamie Harding. After I left the Murchie, I floated about from rig to rig waiting for the Maureen to start up after a shutdown. I was in Noble's yard for a while in between trips, and Ernie was there!! :) That was 1991. He was quite a character I have to say, and he always looked forward to a few pints after his work on a Friday. It was a real blast from the past to hear his name!! :), and you're right Jamie you don't get many characters like Ernie Dow!!

Added by Ronny Watson on 06 September 2012.
Hi Sorry to hear about Phil I also worked on Murchison good to hear from familiar names good place to work. Bad news from my area both Stuart Rolley and Larry Marcantonio have passed away.


Added by Alex McNicol on 08 September 2012.
Thats bad news both Big Sam and Larry the Lung passing away

Added by Stuart Trelfa on 10 September 2012.
How sad, Alex. I have happy memories of the three of them.
Tempus fugit.

Added by Steve McAvoy on 10 September 2012.
I remember Larry's first trip on the Murch, we were bringing on a water injection well and purging the injection header and flowlines before lining up downhole. The water had to be particle free so we were having to take samples every half hour for particle counts. Larry came on his first shift and I accompanied him for the first few sets of samples, down to the wellbay, back up to the lab in M13. By the second set of samples Larry couldn't breathe goin' up the stairs and had to go off into the accomodation for a couple of Capstans to fortify his lungs. After a few days he got into the swing of it and could get to the wellbay and back without collapsing. Great guy, sorry to hear one of my oppo's is gone.

Added by Simon Harbord on 16 September 2012.
I worked as deck crew on the Big M with Ian and Jimmy Murphy, the two Donny's, Willie Milne, Skye Bill, Andy K etc

Added by Bill Adamson on 01 October 2012.
Great to see and hear of all the guys from the old days on Murch. Sad that so many have all passed away. Spoke to Ivan Jarrold at the weekend and he was suggesting a get together just like the annual dances that we had all over the country. I still remember the last one up at Kingussie which was a great night. I am still working in Aberdeen and have just finnished an 18 month stint in Conocophillips office at Rubislaw but it was not the same as when it was just Conoco.
If anyone is interested get in touch.

Added by Ricky (China) Barclay on 08 January 2013.
I just came across the de-commissioning plan on the web, so I guess this old lady is finally being put to rest. I planned all the shutdowns between 1984 and 1989 - when Graham Walker and his team designed all the mods - construction supvs in the period were Wilson Russell, the late Tom Corser who sadly passed away as a young man in Miri in the 90s, big Ken Duncan, Iain Ross, Don Taylor, Andy McFarlane. Had to have a wee chuckle when thinking back about to Jock Dodds (OIM) and his occasional dyslexia - adhoc became Haddock - just brill.

Added by Billy McGavin on 23 September 2013.
Enjoyed reading all of these posts. My Dad is Ken Herrington and I've still got photos of him and the crew in fish nets and green eye makeup for the panto - definitely worthy of global distribution I believe! Any reunions planned let me know and I'll light a fire under the old goat!

Added by Lisa Herrington on 03 October 2013.
Can anyone above send me copies of any pictures from Murchison in the past. Putting together a presentaion on Murchison for early next year any old ones would be great thanks for any help You can give

Added by Scott Russell on 23 October 2013.
Anyone got any old photos or memoriabilia of the old days on Murchison please get in touch

Added by Scott Russell on 12 November 2013.
I worked on Murchison from 81 until around 2000 and have fond memories of the people and place.

Added by Paul Bradley on 31 December 2013.
Just read that the last barrel has been produced. End of an era for so many.

Added by Andy Rankine on 01 March 2014.
As I near retirement after 46 years in the international petroleum industry, I would like to say how thankful I am to have worked on the Murchison and been associated with so many of you. I think we can honestly say we have been a noteworthy part of history which could be compared with other milestones of man's achievements. We all did our part making Murchison a success. Thank you for the opportunity.

Added by Don Anderson, Murchison 1979-1983 on 19 March 2014.
Im still alive! John Muir steward from Argyll.

Added by John Muir. on 18 May 2014.
Still with Conoco after 33years, the best years of my life were in the 80's when I was office based but Tcoms engineer for Murchison. Murch was the first platform to provide free phone calls to everyone. Spent lots of time out on their, got to know so many on both crews, good to see Steve McAvoy still around. Can anyone remember the nightly ritual in the cinema ? Anyone brave enough to walk down the central isle after the movie started was shouted at to get their heads down, only then to have everyone seat to howl like a monkey as the person walked crouching down.."just the way a monkey walks". Still got the makeing of Murch video and the plastic barrel with first oil. Clive Picket, Bob Wilson, Mike Langan, so many great chancers, but the best years ever. And great to see so many names from the past brings back so many happy memories.

Added by Gordon Cairns on 20 May 2014.
Visited the model of the Murchison in the maritime museum in Aberdeen last week... looks amazing, much better than it did on the 3rd floor in Rubislaw in 1982.

Added by Gordon Cairns on 20 May 2014.
Hi to everyone I know, Chas Greer here, it sure was a great platform to work on with loads of characters, lots of good times as well as some not so good but that's offshore life. Just had an email from Arther Roberts who like me is retired now and doing fine recognised a lot of the names here so if anyone wants to get in touch my mail address is chas.greer@blueyonder.co.uk If there is a get together please let me know - Thanks

Added by Chas Greer on 25 May 2014.
Hi to names I know :-
Ricky Barclay, Alex McNicol, Scott Russell, Simon Hardbord, Stuart Trelfa, Donny Nicolson, Steve McAvoy, Barrie Pennington, Alan Lammin, Dave Johnson, Bob Hutchinson and anyone else I know or remembers me
All the best - Chas Greer

Added by Chas Greer on 25 May 2014.
Ion 6 Jan 2014 my son Ross PENNINGTON DIED WHILST WORKING ON AN ACCOMODATION LIFT FOR SEVAN DRILLING IN BRAZIL. Just made contact with Chas Greere and he with Arthur Roberts. Time we all met up!

Added by Barrie Pennington on 25 May 2014.
Just received this Murchison link from my daughter in Australia. Reading all the comments brought back some fantastic memories.I worked in the oil industry for over 30 years and the Murchison crews were the best guys I ever had the pleasure to work with.By the way I borrowed the white high heel shoes for the panto from Mike Francis. I am now retired and living in Canada.

Added by Ken Herrington on 12 June 2014.
Hi Guys, greetings from the principality, Chas Greer pointed me in this direction & I must say it's nice to read all the comments & see the old names appearing out of the woodwork once more. I only ever kept in contact with Gary Evans, Trevor McCardle, Chas Greer & Phil Johnson. I was very close to Phil which made it all the harder for me when he passed on, I went to the funeral & there was only Audrey & myself there from Conoco Northern Op's, so sad when you think of what a popular guy he was. He was certainly the best Boss & Mate I've ever had, I miss him greatly. Murchison was the best Rig I have ever worked on & it was the guys that made it what it was, the humour was vicious, no quarter asked or given, just maximum embarrassment every time. It never fails to raise a smile with me when I think of some of the things that went on, He, He, He. I am officially retired now & started my state pension on the same day they pulled the plug on the Murchison. The only things I concern myself with now are Motorbikes, Guinness & Rugby, ahhh life is good. I agree we should all have a get together before it is too late but in the meantime if anyone fancies a blether my E-mail address is artrob27@yahoo.co.uk

Added by Arthur 'Boyo' Roberts on 14 June 2014.
Hi guys. Many happy memories of my time on Murchie. Still working and have ended up back in Rubislaw working for what is now, Conoco Phillips. Great to read the comments. Brings back a lot of good times. Simon Babb and Gordon Cairns still with Conoco. Clive Pickett now lives in Thailand. Have been in touch with him recently. Adrian Odlin works in the same section as me and his wife is also in Rubislaw..

Added by Mike Langan on 21 June 2014.
Great to find this site and manage to get a couple of e-mail addresses for a catch up. Back working alongside that other "chancer" Gordon Cairns :-) Also in the office is Adrian Odlin. Good to hear so many are still going strong.

Added by Mike Langan on 25 June 2014.
Hi all, I was amongst the first to board the Murchison at the hook up with Blandford Offshore (Aker). I was a Plater and was there for a year Before transferring to the North Cormorant. We had some great times including the time when the temporary canteen erupted into a battlefield w
Between the welders and the pipe fitters. Fortunately it was all just a laugh throwing biscuits, cups of tea and bacon butties at each other. It was a Saturday so no-one got returned to the beach. I've read many of the above comments and can add that right from the very beginning, the lads on the Murchison were a great bunch.

Added by Neil Carson on 29 June 2014.
Miss my mate Joe Cowan..if you read this Joe..lm still in Ardrishaig Argyll..lm fighting cancer.

Added by John Muir on 15 August 2014.
I had the pleasure on working on the Murchy as a Rousty in 97 before been moved over to the Hutton TLP as a roughneck, it was a great rig with some great guys, the enclosed Derrick might as well not of been enclosed because when it pissed down it came straight through the wind walls etc anyway, bloody good times.

Added by Clive Jackson on 20 August 2014.
Hi Guys, worked on and off the murchie for onshore support department for 12 years. Basically the best working times of my life. I still remember the lung tester (Pipe). is TNT still on the Go? Turtle Neck Tom and TCP. Sorry for those who have passed, we need a get together.

Added by Don Henderson on 05 September 2014.
Daniel Norris I knew you father John very well. I was his drilling engineer on both Murchison the TLP. A top bloke. Sad to hear of his passing. I wish I had kept in touch

Added by Dave Scott on 21 October 2014.
I was fortunate enough to land three one-week trips on Murchie at various times when I was a crane op with Sparrows. Third time I was lucky enough to have Ivan Jarrold ( services supervisor) talk me into filling in an application form for a job with Conoco. Got hired for the TLP and remember some of the names here like Alan Lammin, Ken Herrington, Neil Parnham, Simon Hardbord, John Norris, Bill Adamson, Donny Nicholson, and a whole lot more that I can't recall right now.
Now retired and having a hard time with osteo arthritis and am currently recovering from a broken leg. (Crashed my trike up in the highlands, missus assures me my biking days are over!)

Added by Dave Blair. on 25 November 2014.
Dave good to hear your still living the active life.
I am also retired after 30 years offshore my last job was in Korea in a shipyard.I am now living in Columbia near Nashville enjoying all this free time .

Added by Donny Nicolson on 26 November 2014.
Thanks for sharing this. Was looking for this info all over the web.

Added by Poisi on 07 December 2014.
Hi guy's
POsted before but not successful, lovely to see familiar names. please keep well and enjoy retirement.

Added by Don Henderson on 13 December 2014.
I've been reading everyone's comments on this page for a number of years and it always brings back great memories, so thought it was about time to add a few myself. I am now the wrong side of 75 (and still going strong' fingers crossed) but cannot believe it was 1996 that I left the Murchison for the last time. Still keep in Christmas card touch with a few - Bill Black, John King, Ricky Barclay - bumped into Alex McNicol in M and S Glasgow last year, don't know who was more surprised. He hasn't changed a bit. Liz and I met up for lunch with J King and his wife last year. Had a great time - although John and I just talked about the Murchison and people we knew. It certainly brought back some good memories. My son Jamie is still in the oil industry - seems a long time since he was being kicked around the Much drill floor by Lennie Drill Supr and Red the Bawden guy. It's great to keep up. Keep the comments coming.

Added by Ivan Jarrold on 23 February 2015.
I have totally lost contact with my best friend Jimmy Nichol (storeman) from Forfar does anyone know of his where abouts. Have not heard from him in years.


Added by Donny Nicolson on 26 February 2015.
Hi Donny, I seem to remember that I heard Jimmy passed away a couple of years ago. I can't remember who told me. It might have been Jim Pertie. I've worked with him a couple of time since being kicked off the Murchie.

Added by Steve on 26 February 2015.
Hi guys

Can anybody help me, I am also trying to make contact with some of my old working pals from the Murchison days, especially John Rickett, Don Anderson as well as the guys in electrical squads, I would be grateful for any help.
Thanks, Ken Herrington

Added by Ken Herrington on 27 February 2015.
I don't know what made me remember this, but my husband was an engineer for Consol and also did some work through Conoco. I was teaching school at the time and before holidays or at the end of the term when things were slow, he would bring me the movie, "The Murchison Project, " and I would show it to my students. It was a really rousing documentary but the thing I remember the most is that it came in "on time and under budget!" It was fun to show the movie. The students enjoyed it!

Added by Wendy Alke on 15 March 2015.
Hi ken
Only two of the oldies left on Murchie Adam shearer and Ricky ayton both on job share I am in CNR office and visit Murchie frequently its well on the way to decom will be sad to see it go

Added by Scott Russell on 19 March 2015.
Does anybody have a spare copy of "The Murchison Project " film at all, Someone borrowed mine years ago and never returned, would really appreciate it
Thanks

Added by Chas Greer on 19 March 2015.
Hello Ken Herrington, I haven't heard from John since I left the UK in 1988, but Don Anderson is on LinkedIn. I sent him a note that you are trying to contact him. Hope you are well.
Best regards, Terry McDonell, near Houston, Texas

Added by Terry McDonell on 20 March 2015.
Chas, Is this what you are looking for?

ssa.nls.uk/film/3124

I had to remove the "h t t p" bit before it would post.


Added by Steve on 20 March 2015.
Thanks Steve, that's the very one, I'll order copy

Cheers Chas Greer

Added by Chas Greer on 20 March 2015.
Thanks Steve, that's the very one, I'll order copy
Cheers Chas Greer

Added by Chas Greer on 20 March 2015.
Still sailing around the Med and heading to Croatia this year. Please give as much notice as possible if there is a reunion , farewell dinner. Sad but great memories.

Added by Barrie Pennington on 31 March 2015.
Reference the comment below:

Just read that the last barrel has been produced. End of an era for so many.

Added by Andy Rankine on 01 March 2014.

Last Barrel was official produced prior 12.00 hours on the day of offcial Cease of production (COP)which was 1st April 2014, this is what occurred from being operated for 3 days post Murchies last shutdown. I heard she was officially shutdown be her oldest serving individual onboard. Agree its the end of an era

Added by George on 19 May 2015.
We are officially old then?

Added by Steve on 19 May 2015.
Indeed we are!

Added by George on 20 May 2015.
Speak for yourself McAvoy. :-)

Added by Mike on 21 May 2015.
So sad guys, great days let's meet up before its too late. I remember the newcastle meet up with kilts but we forgot the socks. Football kit all round!

End of an era

Added by Don Henderson on 21 May 2015.
Just discovered this site. It's good to hear so many of my old workmates are still around and it brings back loads of old memories - e.g. The Pinewood Car races ending with a 'race off' involving Murchison , TLP and Rubislaw. Naturally the Murchison Telecom car won! Hi to anyone who remembers me from the old days.

Added by Clive Pickett on 16 July 2015.
End indeed. I was in the first group to light the flare but the secret was it was not natural gas but bottled and we nearly froze the whole bank jus t make it look like we had struck it!
Great to hear from other A shift pillar Colin Peters Inst Tech. par excelance who taught me Jockaneese. God bless but someone please stop the dithering and arrange a get together before we are all floating in the clouds. p.s for those interested , the cruise to Croatia went well and I have left my boat there for a bit so I can spend more time exploring. First thing in the Morning and last thing at Night...................M.......


Added by Barrie Pennington on 21 July 2015.
Good to hear from you Clive hope you are well

Added by Scott Russell on 22 July 2015.
Your finest moment, Clive. Was to get Stewart Winks to buy you a £25 shot of Glenmorangie. :-)

Added by on 22 July 2015.
I thought Winksie (being a Dundonian) was going to drop dead on the spot! It was all a wind up but he insisted on paying in the end - good for him. Complained all night though!

What's happening with the onshore guys Scott after the decommissioning?

Added by Clive on 22 July 2015.
Hi clive

Word goes that all the remaining lads on murchy will be off by march sad to see it go.

Added by Scott Russell on 22 July 2015.
@Clive
He paid for the privilege. :-)
I had a few good nights with him on courses. But as you say. He is a Dundonian. ;-)

Added by Steve on 23 July 2015.
I thought Winksie (being a Dundonian) was going to drop dead on the spot! It was all a wind up but he insisted on paying in the end - good for him. Complained all night though!
What's happening with the onshore guys Scott after the decommissioning?

Added by Clive on 28 July 2015.
Hi all, still remember 'Spud' Bill Robertson, on a diet and the bearing heaters on the maintenance dept(M13) set off the fire alarms - still laughing about the 'break glass in emergency' alarm - a potato! Bill was also turned away from the galley - 'no self catering!

Added by Don Henderson on 28 July 2015.
Hi Don, I remember that we'll, I was fire team leader and in those days after muster we got sent out to investigate the alarms, I remember getting on radio to explain to control room and OIM what the problem was, they took some convincing Chas Greer

Added by Chas Greer on 29 July 2015.
Quite a few familiar names since I last looked. After 35 years on the Murchie, I took the offer of voluntary redundancy brought about by the oil price slump and consequent rota changes. I'd been doing a 1/4 rota covering the gap week for about 15 months and didn't fancy a return to a full 3/3 rota. My wife retires in November so it was a neat fit to jump ship in April. I still keep in touch with some of the guys offshore and it seems March next year will see the end for Murchison. Kept busy doing "Grandad's Taxi" to nursery & pre-school and am enjoying life back home very much indeed. Best regards to all who know me.

Added by Ian Murphy - Ex Radio Op/Materials on 04 September 2015.
Hello Ian, good to see that you are one of an elite few that were on the Murchison from its inception! Best wishes to you in retirement.

Added by Terry McDonell, Project Team HUC, General Supervisor, 1979-1980 on 08 September 2015.
Hi Ian, enjoy retirement mate. Hope there's a reunion night out coming up. Good memories of working on Murchie with D and D with Big Les, John G, Dougie etc.

Added by Bobby on 08 October 2015.
Hi there I just met up with Donny Nicholson who is now chief engineer at the Hampton Inn, Nashville. We had a great day with Donny and his wife and as usual sank a few beers. He told me about this site and it's great to hear that so many of the old hands are still around. A reunion sounds a great idea, remember some of the great weekends away we had for dances and football games with the TLP. I used to organise a few of them myself.

Added by Bob Lang on 31 October 2015.
I just found this site thanks to meeting up with Donny Nicholson when I was in Nashville Tennessee. I was staying in the Hampton Hotel and Donny is the chief engineer there. It great to see that a lot of the old gang from Murchison are still around. I see talk of a possible reunion, that sounds good. Remember the weekends we had away at dances and football matches with the TLP, we had some great fun

Added by Bob Lang on 01 November 2015.
I'm guessing there's not another installation in this picture library that has as many replies, and all of them good to which I concur absolutely.I spent around 3 years on there with BAWDEN drilling.(1987-1990 ?) See that crane in the picture. I was watching it unloading casing from a boat when the jib just crashed into the sea. Also on that same side of the platform is the control room for performing cement jobs. I was derrikman and when we did a cement job you had to leave a vent open so pressure wouldn't build up. Unfortunately I left the vent on the other side of the platform open and covered a supply boat which was unloading diesel (?) with cement. A prank that went wrong was when some of the drill crew when they finished their shift went for a sauna and while they were in there someone ( Ian Paton ) threw a cup full of piss into the sauna.Raymond Doyle who sadly is no longer with us was one of the unfortunate crew members in the sauna. This caused copious amounts of steam which in turn shut down the whole platform. I remember there was a "sit in" strike of all the bears and the drill crew came out on strike for one day in support of them. I seemed to get the blame for organising it and consequently didn't get an ADs job that came up. I used to like it when the production ops gave us a shot at lighting the flare with the flare gun. I've just remembered there was another derrickman on the TLP with the same name as me. No relation. One of my last memories of the Murchie was being chased around the platform all night because I was getting married when we went on leave. They finally caught me and threw me in a skip covered in grease and dope. It should be pointed out that there was none of the "them and us" situation with the CONOCO people that you encountered on many of the other platforms.

Added by Bill Collie on 19 November 2015.
Hi Bob, good to hear from you. If they do have a reunion, judging by the age of everyone, they will need a place that is wheelchair & zimmer friendly!

Added by Clive on 24 November 2015.
I worked between TLP and Murchie between 1996-2005
latterly post TLP full time on Murchie
Fond memories of Murchison a good set of lads remember all the names above I took over from Jim Law mentioned earlier above and my back to back was Angus Maclean who I still keep in touch with now , I am now OIE in the Forties field hope all the ex murchie lads have a long and happy retirement

Added by Jack Henderson on 18 February 2016.
Hi lads I joined the Murchison just before first oil in 1980 and have had the pleasure of working with most of you and have had some great laughs!! especially the poem Scott Russell wrote about Porky one christmas.I forget what year that was.Adam Shearer and I have been job sharing for the last year or so and he had the last trip on the platform and finally switched off the lights on the 31st march.I am now on 3 months notice and look forward to retiring.Sold the caravan and bought a motorhome and intend to spend more time touring Europe.


Added by Ricky Ayton on 10 April 2016.
Hi lads I joined the Murchison just before first oil in 1980 and have had the pleasure of working with most of you and have had some great laughs!! especially the poem Scott Russell wrote about Porky one christmas.I forget what year that was.Adam Shearer and I have been job sharing for the last year or so and he had the last trip on the platform and finally switched off the lights on the 31st march.I am now on 3 months notice and look forward to retiring.Sold the caravan and bought a motorhome and intend to spend more time touring Europe.


Added by Ricky Ayton on 11 April 2016.
Well Ricky, you and Adam have certainly lasted the pace, 36 years on Murchie!. As you say, we did have some great laughs in the early days, as well as pain for example I remember being a few cabins along from you in the then "new" accommodation block when you practised your banjo playing every night!, I escaped to the cinema, all the best and enjoy retirement, I am; cheers Chas Greer.


Added by Chas Greer on 13 April 2016.
Hi all, Thanks to Terry & Bobby for their kind comments. Good to see a few more people adding their thoughts. I recognise them all. I left Murchie on 01/04/2015 on Voluntary Redundancy and am enjoying retirement. Glad to see Ricky Ayton's going to enjoy touring Europe in the Motorhome, enjoy mate. My own Campervan is now fitted out as I want and am planning a few tours myself. Spotted the piece in the P & J about the last flight off Murchie, good to see so many weel kent faces in the photos. All the best to those who remember me...cheers

Added by Ian Murphy on 16 April 2016.
Aye Charlie !! Barry glover was going to make me wear the banjo a few times!! I'm still learning the same tune!!

Added by Ricky ayton on 19 June 2016.
You can still see the complete film about the Murchison Project on the Films of Scotland website. no 3124. I worked at Conoco's London HQ (now demolished) in the 80s, supporting the TLP, LOGGS and and an onshore exploration programme. Great company. Tom Marr remains my out and out role model for management integrity.

Added by William Ostrom on 22 December 2016.
Came across this web site talking about previous platforms I had worked on. Good time were had by all. Have met Gordon Anderson a few years ago in Australia. So many name flash through the head. Reunion would be a great idea.
Hope everyone has a happy New Year 2017
Stuart

Added by Stuart Henderson on 12 January 2017.
Who is going to organise a reunion? Should those like me who receive a Pension from Mersk and from the original crew start it off and then invite all those who contributed via these pages? Surly someone can

Added by Barrie Pennington on 23 January 2017.
Just found this site
I was the medic on the Murchison for a few years. Best place I ever worked, even though it was a hell of a trip to get there!

Added by Ken Lumley on 03 May 2017.
For a reunion:
- somebody who organized one before takes lead, propose a location, propose a date(at least three months warning).

See who volunteers to help

Added by Andy Rankine on 04 May 2017.
Murchison was my first offshore platform, 1990 onwards great place, great team and great food, I also remember lots of the names above. Moved to the TLP until Oryx redundancy. Best wishes to all John C Butcher. HSE for.

Added by John C Butcher on 31 May 2017.
I worked on the Murchy for about 18 months about december 88 to may 1990 as a scaff with a company called Aberdeen Scaffolding (Abscaff) it was a good platform to work on Iremeber the galley being one of the smartest I had ever seen and the grub being good one of the scaffs Iworked with was a guy called George Flynn who came from Greenock and stayed on the Murchy for years after I left maybe some of you will remember him he was a nice guy.

Added by John McLean on 03 June 2017.
I worked for Conoco in Aberdeen as Technical Info Services Supervisor from 1978-86 - I set up the first offshore info centre on Murchison. Lot of talk when I went offshore as I was a woman!I Remember the design, construction, float out, commissioning and operation of Murchison

Added by Alison North (Gardner back then) on 08 June 2017.
For those who remember Geoff Commins I had a call from a mutual friend last week telling me that Geoff died of liver cancer in May. Since retirement Geoff, who was an engine fitter on English Electric Lightnings in the RAF before joining Conoco at the Humber Refinery and later Murchison, has been actively involved in helping organisations in South Africa and Mississippi restore Lightnings to flying condition. Googling Geoff's name brings up a number of results.

Added by Alan Lammin on 28 June 2017.
Geoff was a nice guy.

Added by Barrie Pennington on 05 July 2017.
I remember Alison. Tom, Nobby and the cockney rebel. Terrific support. So many great guys. So many having gone on already. Good memories.


Added by Barrie Pennington on 05 July 2017.
Sad to hear about Geoff's passing.
About 12 years ago I shared a cabin with a Lloyd's man who told me that Geoff was an OIM on the Murchie. He was a good guy even though he was an oil magnet. (Long story)

Added by Steve McAvoy on 06 August 2017.
Hi everyone who remembers me. I was on the Murch from'81 to around '92 (I think) and went to the TLP for a while. I came back from about '95 to ''97 before going to the Ninian Central. They were good times. I ran into a few of the guys when I Petrofac took over the Dubai oil field from ConocoPhillips. Ricky Barclay for one.
I wonder if Stuart Trelfer remembers spending days as a Starfish?

Added by Christopher (Kriz) Edwards on 29 August 2017.
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