Accident: Piper Alpha Oil Rig Explosion

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Accident: Piper Alpha Oil Rig Explosion Gender: N/A
born on 6 July 1988 at 21:58 (= 9:58 PM )
Place Piper Alpha Oil Rig North Sea, Scotland, 58n2801, 0e1536
Timezone BST h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: AA-GB
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 14°59' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 20°01 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 16°03'

Accident: Piper Alpha Oil Rig Explosion (Memorial to the disaster in Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen)
photo: see below, license cc-by-sa-2.0


Scottish oil rig accident noted as the world's worst offshore oil disaster in terms of lives lost and industry impact. Piper Alpha was an oil platform located in the North Sea approximately 120 miles (190 km) north-east of Aberdeen, Scotland. It began production in 1976, initially as an oil-only platform but later converted to add gas production.

An explosion and resulting oil and gas fires destroyed Piper Alpha, killing 167 men, including two crewmen of a rescue vessel; 61 workers escaped and survived. Thirty bodies were never recovered. The total insured loss was about £1.7 billion, making it one of the costliest man-made catastrophes ever. At the time of the disaster, the platform accounted for approximately ten percent of North Sea oil and gas production.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

A review of book written about it in the Daily Express 6-7-1989. Also extensive article in Reader's Digest June 1989 [original AA database]. p.43 states Mayday was put out at 22:04 [Chris Mitchell]


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