The Capturing the Energy project is working to develop the University of Aberdeen’s Oil & Gas Archive, which is intended to be the main repository for historical records relating to the UK offshore oil and gas industry. The project – which has received funding from the leading trade body, Oil & Gas UK – is unusual in Britain for seeking to record the history of a major industry whilst it is still very active, rather than retrospectively.
Currently, the archive includes a comprehensive account of the UK sector of the pioneering Frigg field, and we will shortly be adding a new collection about the recently decommissioned and highly popular Murchison platform. We also have over 150 recordings of personal accounts from the very early days of North Sea oil, made as part of the Lives in the Oil Industry oral history project. There are also several other, smaller collections covering various aspects of the industry between the 1970s and the present day.
Capturing the Energy is keen to work with any organisation or individual with an interest and/or role in the UK oil and gas industry; in particular we seek to engage with operators who are undertaking or planning the decommissioning of offshore assets – Capturing the Energy is a statutory consultee on such activities and is featured in the UK government’s official Guidance Notes.