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Ellen & Elly
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No: 333   Contributor: Unknown   Year: 2007   Country: USA
Ellen & Elly

Aera Energy LLC's offshore California development centers on a three-platform complex in federal waters nine miles off Long Beach, in the Los Angeles area. These platforms - Ellen, Elly, and Eureka - produce oil from the offshore Beta field.
Picture added on 08 April 2007
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The Beta Unit is no longer operated by Aera Energy, Pacific Energy bought them out in 2007.

Added by Bob DuBose on 19 November 2007.
The platform on the left (Platform Ellen) is a drilling platform originally equipped with two drilling rigs and 80 well slots. The platform was installed in 1980 and drilling began in early 1981.
The platform on the right (Platform Elly) houses equipment for separating the oil, natural gas and produced water. It also houses equipment to generate electrical power for the 3 platforms (the two shown plus platform Eureka).

Added by Elvin Bounds on 10 June 2008.
I spent 12 years working for the drilling crews between Ellen and Eureka

Added by Dan Jackson on 16 August 2008.
Another WOW. I was one of the first crew on Elly when the Beta Unit was built for Shell Oil. I still have the "First Oil Produced" award they gave all or us on my desk. Actually, I went to the wellhead and got a gallon of crude from the first well we started to send to the folks that made these Plexiglas desk ornaments. Great times with a great crew and team to work with.

Added by Loyd Champion on 13 August 2009.
I still work on Ellen and Elly and it's been 22yrs.

Added by Jon Leboeuf on 12 September 2010.
Hello. I worked with a contractor on the same locatons from 1981-1986. I worked with Custer Construction out of Huntington Beach. The last two years I operated the cranes, did maintainence and operated the completion packages about 90% of the time. I worked the 7 on 7 off schedule. I became one of the working Foremen with this same company.

Added by Don Whildin on 07 December 2010.
Well' Once again the Beta Unit has been sold, platform Ellen, Elly and Eureka is now owned by Beta Offshore, LLC

Added by Bob DuBose on 15 December 2010.
I worked on Ellen Elly in 1981 through a contractor known as Orrco. I worked vaction relief on rig floor really enjoyed the crew would go back in a second if asked to do so - good times 7 on 7 off great, I especially remember the drug policy - if you were caught be on the next boat off the rig.

Added by Sidney Smith on 24 July 2011.
I was with the first drilling crew to spud in the very first well on the Beta Project, I was roughnecking with Pool Offshore at the time, then in 1982 Shell started a drilling forman program on Beta and I was hired on with Shell Oil which later became Shell California Exploration and Production. I was also on the crew to spud in the first well on Eureka where I stayed until some of us were sent to Hunington Beach and the Bosa Chica lease. I got to pick out all of the weight room equipment when I was working dispatch and enjoyed the 7 on 7 off schedule and the great food. The Shell Beta project was a top notched Rig in every way Drilling and Production, and I met so many wonderful hands both company and contractors. I gained great friends here, I really enjoyed the Beta experience.

Added by Gregory Wilson on 27 September 2012.
I worked for SECO doing the I&E work on Ellen. Never to forget Dave Richey...RIP

Added by Joe Hatfield on 29 October 2012.
Worked on a crew there for 4 year! Really miss the fishing and great pay, wish I was back out there!

Added by Phil Skaggs on 06 December 2012.
Hello fellow roughnecks! I am Kevin Huffman living in Gunsight, TX now for 30 years. I have been a derrickman, operator, and driller locally in central Texas. I worked offshore plaftforms Emmy and Eva when I was 19 years old. I helped drill 20-25 wells on the new platform. Spending three and half years out there were the best years of MY LIFE!!! That experience took me to drill in the Rocky Moutains, and overseas Armenia Russia. The good old oilfied can take you around the world. GOD BLESS!!

Added by Kevin on 03 March 2013.
good times.. worked out there with marc wohl back in the 80's Pool offshore...Where you at Mark? last time I saw you was in papua new guinea... im out in the jave sea these days

Added by Robert Dysart on 14 June 2013.
I worked at the Beta Terminal in Purchasing, Yard Coordinator, and Inventory control. Flew out to the rigs a few times and saw the Eureka jacket launched. 1982-1986. Miss it, was exciting stuff.

Added by Warren Kennaugh on 09 January 2014.
These old platforms are beginning to show their age. Beta has taken the bull by the horns and is refurbing and rebuilding as necessary to get the job at hand, done. I am proud to have been asked to do some of the mechanical work on the drilling equipment. To get everything in to compliance with all the new rules is daunting at best. Beta says "do it right, or leave". I rather like that.

Added by Dave Makela on 13 July 2014.
still looks good I was a paint foreman during and after construction from 81 till 82

Added by Larry Dillard on 13 November 2014.
any word or job offer on this platform ? I am presently doing ultrasonic inspection in gas plants at elk hills ca let me know


Added by Sidney Smith on 06 December 2014.
Beta offshore, who now owns the three rigs mentioned, has upgraded all of the drilling machinery. CWIndustries got the nod to perform that work. I am blessed to have had a part in that refurb of Ellen. We are, now, "doing" Eureka, to get the drilling machine perfect.

Added by Dave Makela on 12 December 2014.
So I took a look at the recent comments when I was notified and had forgotten this was here. As I said above, I was one of the original production crew when these platforms were built in 1980 and 1981... So I was wondering, what ever has happened to some of the great people I worked with on B crew. I can't think of every name, it has been a while. Jim Mero, John Price, Hutch, Rick Otto, Locke McFarland, and my apologies to the names I can't think of.

Added by Loyd Champion on 12 December 2014.
Early 80s jack kirks welding did the wing deck and most all the add on piping

Added by Scott Henderson on 12 April 2015.
Hello all my name is Scotty Kirkpatrick. I came across this thread while looking up Platform Ellen which my dad Danny "Captain Kirk" was killed. Did any of you happen to know him?

Added by Scotty Kirkpatrick on 18 January 2016.
Yes, I worked with your dad. I worked with him on platform Ellen and then Eureka. I was asleep the night I heard the chopper land and then found out in the morning what had happened to your dad. I was only 18 years old when I met him. He was quite the character. Good guy and a hard worker.

Added by Mike Hillegeist on 18 April 2016.
1985 worked as a sparkie for bola electrics on the shell eureka. Travelled offshore Monday mornings first thing back in long beach harbour at lunchtime Fridays 8 Man cabins huge at afternoon t break we had fruit all cut up the guys use to fish for tuna , there was no exclusion zone like the North Sea fishing party boats use to tie up alongside daft american s fishing for tuna I had a green card for the states as I am from Scotland can remember showing the yanks how to make bends on 900mm ladder rack the shell rep thought this was the biz as they fresher aired from one rack to another , also one minute you were standing in a haz area , when u opened a door the wiring went to twin &earth Will they ever learn Lots of good guys the plebs went by boat while the shel lies went by chopper to long beach airport , there was a sparkie called gene mcgregor had one hand and could still put cable gland on happy days.

Added by Tom mullin on 03 June 2016.
Hi Scotty...I knew your dad, we were on opposite weeks and he was the the derrick-hand or driller on the relief crew for our 7-7 change over. He was a great guy Captain Kirk, we were all sadden by the loss of a good man and a great hand. You can be proud.

Added by Gregory Wilson on 07 June 2016.
I worked (roustabout) on Ellen form 80-82'. I really learned a lot just hands on out there. I hired on with zero experience. I was 20 years old and I was making great money and was really lucky and blessed to have that job. I think I made a good hand out of myself in a short time too! I observed and learned a lot about safety watching when Shell took over. I should have hired on with them. Live and learn. But, the values and experience really carried on with me to this day. I met and learned from some real good guys from all over the USA. You Bakersfield boys cracked me up! I have Great memories I still share to this day with friends and family. Even to this day I look out there at the platform and always think back and reflect.-man, its was a long time ago. Rick Daunch

Added by Rick Daunch on 14 November 2016.
Are these fixed or floating structures? can someone confirm this statement pls. tq

Added by Tareq Moqbel Alghuribi on 16 March 2017.
Hey Tareq, they are fixed

Added by Gregory Wilson on 23 May 2018.
Anyone else out there that knew my dad and any memories you have of him???

Added by Scotty Kirkpatrick on 23 May 2018.
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