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LIBYA 1982-84 - Party 140 and Party 280
Libya was my first posting as Party Chief. I arrived in early 1982 from Party 247 Australia to take over the job from Mike Worthington. The crew, Party 140, was a dynamite drill crew working for Shell in the Harugh-al-Aswad (it means 'black rocks', apparently), a large and inhospitable region of basaltic volcanic rock slap bang in the middle of Libya.
My abiding memory of the Harugh is dust and boulders - the boulder fields were horrendous, and the claypans weren't much better - although they looked nice and flat, after a few vehicles had been across them they disintegrated into bottomless 'bulldust'.
After completing the contract for Shell, and another one for Oasis (I think), the crew was converted to Vibroseis, given the party number 280 and moved to the plateau south of Tripoli to do work for Occidental.
Not all the following were necessarily on the crew at the same time, it's just a list of those I remember.
Brian Roscoe - Administrator
Nick Cain - Administrator
Roy Fox - Administrator
Martin Potts - Seismologist & chief brewer
Sean Johnson - Surveyor
Mervyn Sparks - Surveyor
Harvey Morby - Mechanic
Steve Collins - Mechanic
Phil Rowe - Mechanic
Trevor Mason - Mechanic
Jim Light - Driller
Bob Bonner - Driller
Andy Dunbabin - Observer
Greg Faria - Observer
Tim Voss - Observer
Brian Chiverton - Supervisor (Tripoli)
Gordon Browning - Supervisor (Tripoli)
Mike Moss - Tripoli admin