For most, the mention of the name Piper Alpha conjures thoughts of the North Sea’s darkest moment, a disaster that took place 35 years ago, however, for Ian Cukrowski, he remembers the first steady job he had in the energy sector.
We are sat in an Aberdeen city centre cafe, three flat whites between us, as Ian Cukrowski, the owner of MacBeans coffee roasters for the past 33 years, tells the story of the best cup of coffee he’s ever had.
“This is what’s protecting our energy infrastructure,” says Ian Garden as he unveils a series of photos showing blocked and corroded nozzles from offshore deluge systems - designed to fight fires in an emergency.
Aberdeen City Council has made clear it will have the final say over any proposed changes to memorial gardens in Aberdeen, as it consults with survivors and families affected by the Piper Alpha disaster.
Today marks the 34th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster that claimed the lives of 167 people working in the North Sea. A service was held at Aberdeen's Hazlehead park memorial gardens to remember those lost in the tragedy.