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Re: Blowout! (NE Syria 1995)

Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:19 am

Chillin' at the Al Furat "Yacht Club"

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:23 am

At the auto electrics shop in Deir-ez-Zor:

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:25 am

Mechanic area of town. Note the vehicles on the rooves for landmarks/advertising. No real street names.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:32 am

Bedouin ("village people" as the Deir ez Zor townsfolk called them) women.

I was fascinated by their colourful costumes and daily water-fetching routine but the adult women would cover their faces if you looked or pointed a camera.


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Rare instance of a bloke doing the water-fetching.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:38 am

All pics from North East Syria, 1995.

Sorry but I left it too late to edit OP title.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:40 am

Not sure what's in that black plastic bag. Fresh bread I think.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:52 am

Maybe this cart is better than a donkey, as long as you don't have too far to go.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:56 am

I spent a couple of days waiting in a crowded police station getting my passport registered.
Several women all in black like this. You couldn't tell which way they were facing until they moved and a toe peeked out under the hem.

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Still pushing that water cart.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:01 am

Client rules were that we had to have an approved driver. That's my driver in the purple shirt over on the left.
We spent a lot of time together so had plenty of time to talk.

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Doing something with the water main.

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My little cabin at the rigsite camp.

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Re: Blowout!

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A rig camp. Rigs drilling relief wells for the blowout in the distance.

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Woot!

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The Hungarian cook at the Hungarian rig contractors' camp.

People would drive all over on some excuse to eat in his mess hall. great food.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:11 am

So you were there working on oil rigs? What's up with the burning rig?

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Following pictures are at ruins of citadel Qalat Rahbeh near the rig sites.

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Roman ruins at Palmyra, on the road to Damascus. Who knows what is left of them now?

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Post by cummy » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:30 am

wow. great pics. what an experience that must have been.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by Nines » Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:13 am

You've seen and done a lot in your life, Glimpet. Thanks for the glimpse of places I'll never see.

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10/10! 8)
Nexus the criminally insane whore/backstabber wrote:You missed the porn site I set up in your name....Shall I send the link to everyone?

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:28 pm

Palmyra was the furthest east I made it in Syria, and I camped out overnight in the ruins. There was nobody there. Nobody.

Glimpet, I take it the blowout was accidental, and not the result of a terrorist attack? Is that right?

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Re: Blowout!

Post by Shavenhead » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:40 pm

How long have you been in ISIS? Did you get sucked in by reading "Dabiq"?

How's the ceasefire affecting you guys?
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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:44 pm

Steve, it was the result of a rupture in the casing which was cheap seam-welded shit , probably bought in a corrupt deal, and the gas then escaped through a fissure in the ground.
And of course, poor well control practices in the first place to even be in that situation.

Even then it was containable, and was just spewing out as liquid when I got there, while three relief wells were being drilled. One to intersect the casing near the top of the 9-5/8", one at the top of the 8-1/2" open hole section, and one aiming at the stuck BHA which might be used as a producer after the kill.

Somehow the wild well team convinced, or were convinced, that they should go in and "do something" (not sure what because they already had a valve on the well head, just that the gas was escaping from a hole several metres away.)

Eyewitness reports vary (and unfortunately most stuff on-line is from dedicated "attack Shell" activist websites and not very reliable) but what I heard from them at the time was that sparks were seen coming from the slew gear of the crane as it slewed.

Five men were killed in the fireball. Two US/Canadian well control guys, a Syrian crane op and two Filipino rig hands (from memory). I met some Filipino rig hand sin Angola the following year who knew these guys and whose version of events tallied with mine.

So then it was burning until they did the kill. Despite the tragedies and the horrible sombre mood, everyone had to keep working to kill this well.

The day of the kill was quite something. First you saw the flame and smoke turning to steam as some watery drilling fluid started to enter the kicking well deep below, then within minutes it just snuffed out. Then they pumped heavy mud then "gunk" (usually diesel and cement mixed into a pumpable non-setting mix) until it was well and truly killed.

Yeah, you could just walk freely around those ruins at Palmyra when we were there too.

Two years later when I visited with a friend, there were "guides" asking for money.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:46 pm

Shavenhead wrote:How long have you been in ISIS?

I married Isis on the fifth day of May.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:12 pm

Did you hear that Hillary Clinton had a cat named Isis?

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The goddess Isis
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Post by simon_in_exile » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:20 pm

In 2008 you could walk round Palmyra freely without a guide. I went past (but not into) Deir-ez-Zour too.
Blowout description is good! Three relief wells - Jesus. We had to plan detailed relief well locations during the design phase prior to drilling DW exploration wells - it's a sobering exercise...
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Post by truenic » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:42 pm

These were great! Thank you for sharing!

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:27 pm

simon_in_exile wrote:In 2008 you could walk round Palmyra freely without a guide. I went past (but not into) Deir-ez-Zour too.
Blowout description is good! Three relief wells - Jesus. We had to plan detailed relief well locations during the design phase prior to drilling DW exploration wells - it's a sobering exercise...

There was a lot more to it than that but I tried to keep it in layperson's terms.

probably you have met some people who were there.

One turned up as a company man on Prelude last year.

One last photo I found.

Enjoying a few Al-Sharq beers with a colleague at the "yacht club" after eating grilled lamb with tomatoes and garlic and flatbread.

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Glimpet is the man
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Re: Blowout!

Post by Nines » Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:28 am

Edited to add: I see that mandolin case leaning on your oil rig bunk, Glimpet.

Play us a tune.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by GLimpet » Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:37 pm

Did you read the sticker on it?

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Post by Total Reject » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:40 pm

Interesting photos. I like the colorful shirt in the photo where you describe your driver. Must have been a great experience to be there.

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Post by GLimpet » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:05 pm

Syria was a totalitarian police state under Hafez al-Assad and his seven layers of secret police.

His chosen heir, eldest son Basil, was killed in a car accident near Damascus airport the year before.
Everybody displayed photos of old man Assad and/or Basil (framed in hearts and tears) in every office, work hut, restaurant and public place. They were scared not to.

My driver was a retired ex-IPC (Iraq Petroleum Company) pipeline maintenance guy. Iraq was just across the border where they spoke a similar Arabic to the people round Deir-ez-Zor and he'd worked there for 30-odd years.

He wouldn't discuss politics while we were driving in town, even with all the windows up. Too many snitches and spies. Out in the country, it was different. "Polis Ali Baba" was one of his favourite imprecations (police = corrupt thieving bastards is my exact translation).

One we were driving past a street and he said that's where he lived. I asked for a look. I just meant from the outside but he took me in and introduced me to his wife, four daughters and young son.

The daughters were early to late teens and gorgeous. All were wearing diaphanous gowns or pyjamas and made a great fuss of me while they watched cartoons on daytime TV. His wife was an elegant and beautiful woman who wore a smart head scarf but no other face or head covering.

It makes me sick to think of what might have happened to that family. I hope they left.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by Nines » Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:54 am

GLimpet wrote:Did you read the sticker on it?


I did. Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

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Re: Blowout! (NE Syria 1995)

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:55 am

GLimpet wrote:Chillin' at the Al Furat "Yacht Club"

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If you did, much respect.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by GLimpet » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:24 pm

Nines wrote:
GLimpet wrote:Did you read the sticker on it?


I did. Bob Wills ...

... is still the king.

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Re: Blowout! (NE Syria 1995)

Post by GLimpet » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:26 pm

Stephen_Dedalus wrote:
GLimpet wrote:Chillin' at the Al Furat "Yacht Club"



If you did, much respect.

Thanks but not deserving of respect for that.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:40 pm

You sneaky fucker.

How can you swap photos on old posts?

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Re: Blowout!

Post by mad hatter » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:50 pm

Nice photos GLimpet
Anyone can go by horse or rail, but the absolute best way to travel is by hat.

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Post by GLimpet » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:41 pm

Stephen_Dedalus wrote:You sneaky fucker.

How can you swap photos on old posts?

No understand please?

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Post by mad hatter » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:54 pm

I suspect it was PUI
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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:04 pm

Fuck off you Kiwi prick.

As Glimpet knows, the photo was a tasty Muslim woman with green eyes.

Anyway, that's some Anonymous/Modfondling manoeuvre.

I'm impressed.

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Re: Blowout!

Post by GLimpet » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:33 pm

Stephen_Dedalus wrote:Fuck off you Kiwi prick.

As Glimpet knows, the photo was a tasty Muslim woman with green eyes.


Que?

I wish though. Did I write up there about the driver's beautiful daughters? Can't be bothered scrolling.

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