Offshore Platforms - CPP1, AP1 & DP1
Platform Size - 2 x Medium platforms and 1 small drilling platform (DP1).
Platform Location - Morecambe Bay, Irish Sea (Approx 15 miles North- West of Blackpool)
Condition - Weathered.
Hydrocarbon Output - Not known.
Offshore Welfare facilities -
The Internet (Two terminals) is a good connection and is about DSL speed.
The galley (cafeteria) food tends to be plain and average with the staff unfriendly and stand-offish.
Work Area Welfare - Non-existant! Absolutely nothing. That the actual production / drill modules are on two completely separate platforms (AP1 and DP1) connected via three bridges only aggravates the matter! During work breaks and toilet breaks a lengthy transit across AP1 / DP1, up stairways and across a bridge must endured each and every time. The boot-locker areas are awful, no chairs, only benches backing onto lockers.
Platform Emergency Drills - Evident and carried out weekly (usually on a sunday).
Overview - Located in Morcambe Bay of the Irish Sea these gas platforms are some of the oldest gas platforms in the area. This gas platform was first constructed in the late 1970s. Notable features include the recently erected offshore windfarm off to the east. In previous times, there used to be a large shield with cross of St George emblazoned upon it greets you upon exiting the helicopter. It was a welcoming sight no doubt for the many English who make up most of the work force! The new OIM is believed to have had a hand in having it removed from sight though.
The gas company 'Centrica' is the owner and operator of this platform. The primary contracting company that provides personnel for the oil platform is Costain Petrofac.
OPR Rating - 5.5 / 10. To submit your additional review of the platform click here.
Update! 27th December 2006.
A helicopter crashed within sight of the platform. Both pilots were killed along with 4 oil workers, there were no survivors! Diving Lore expresses deep sorrow and our thoughts are with the families and co-workers.