Piper Alpha Platform Disaster
6th July 1988

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The North Sea oil and gas fields have produced colossal amounts of wealth for Britain in the decades following their discovery. But while cheap energy and huge tax revenues have been appreciated by all, few understand the dangers faced by those working in the industry. The daily challenge of overcoming the titanic pressures of the earth are tackled by men and women working many miles from help, under intense demands and the vicissitudes of extreme weather.

Under such conditions, a series of oversights, miscommunications and blunders led to a colossal gas and oil explosion that claimed the lives of 167 workers and the loss of 1.2 billion in flames that lit up the North Sea one July day in 1988.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 2nd January 2015 | © Weird Island 2010-2019
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