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Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
The field underwent a massive £1.3 billion upgrade project in the mid 1990's which involved depressurising the entire reservoir and making extensive modifications to three of the four Brent platforms to convert them to low pressure operation which unlocked significant quantities of natural gas from the reservoir and extended the field life out to 2010+.
OPCAL built the Flotta oil terminal in the Orkney Islands to receive and process oil from the fields Piper, Claymore and Tartan, each with its own platform. One thirty inch (0.762 metres) diameter main oil pipeline ran 128 miles (206 kilometres) from Piper Alpha to Flotta, with a short oil pipeline from the Claymore platform joining it some twenty miles to the west. The Tartan field also fed oil to Claymore and then onto the main line to Flotta. Separate 46 cm diameter gas pipelines run from Piper to the Tartan platform, and from Piper to the gas compressing platform MCP-01 some 30 miles to the Northwest.
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