Piper Alpha anniversary to be marked by television documentary

BBC News - Piper Alpha 1988A 90-minute documentary will mark the 25th anniversary of one of the world’s worst offshore oil disasters in Piper Alpha. The one off programme will be made by STV for the BBC.

On the 25th anniversary of one of the world’s worst offshore oil disasters, BBC Two will chronicle the tragic events that occurred on the Piper Alpha rig on 6 July 1988.

It was a cataclysm that killed 167 men and left only 61 survivors, each of whom had to fight for their lives to escape the huge, labyrinthine structure and the flames that were consuming it. The film will look at life on-board Piper Alpha before the explosion and also hears from survivors on how their life changed after the explosion.

BBC News - Piper Alpha before disaster 1988The documentary will detail the experiences of the men who found themselves in the midst of an inferno that destroyed a rig which was, at one time, the world’s single largest oil producer. There will be testimonies from those who survived, many of whom have never spoken publicly about the events before.

As well as using newly released recordings of the coastguards and emergency services react to the disaster. Some drama reconstructions will show how the disaster unfolded and the horror the men of Piper Alpha had to endure.

Piper Alpha is a STV production for BBC Scotland/BBC Two.

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