FAQs

What is Capturing the Energy?

Why should I get involved? Why is the project important?

Are you connected to CDA or the National Hydrocarbon Data Archive?

What records are Capturing the Energy interested in?

How much does it cost to contribute to the Oil & Gas Archive?

How do I access the Oil & Gas Archive's collections?

How is Capturing the Energy funded?

How can I support Capturing the Energy?

What is Capturing the Energy?

Capturing the Energy is an initiative working with companies and organisations across the oil and gas industry to ensure that important records about the UK offshore oil and gas industry are retained for the future.

Why should my company get involved? Why is the project important?

Working with Capturing the Energy is a great way of protecting the legacy of the industry and your business, and celebrating your achievements.

The Wood Review and the Oil & Gas Authority emphasise the need to manage information effectively to maximise efficiency - Capturing the Energy can help you do this by offering free support and advice to companies in addition to more formal arrangements for transferring material to the archive.

It also ensures operators are compliant with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS; formerly DECC), which regulates the decommissioning process. The government's Decommissioning Guidance explicitly supports and recommends liaising with Capturing the Energy.

Capturing the Energy enables your organisation to be part of the legacy of this remarkable industry, and help inspire the next generation of engineers and managers, as well as the general public. We can also play a role in your company's Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Find our more about the benefits of working with Capturing the Energy in the About Us section.

Are you connected to CDA or the National Hydrocarbon Data Archive?

We collect different records to CDA or the NHDA, which are both primarily interested in subsurface data about the geology of the UKCS. This includes Licence Data, which operators are obliged to keep under the terms of Exploration or Production licences issued under the Petroleum Act 1998. These are set down in the Model Clauses incorporated in licences.

CDA and NHDA provide storage services for this licence data, which can include well logs, seismic surveys, geological models and production data. CDA also collects metadata for UKCS wells, seismic surveys, production infrastructure and licences for its UKOilandGasData resource. 

Capturing the Energy does not collect subsurface data. Our list of records gives a general summary of the types of records we would be interested in.

What records are Capturing the Energy interested in?

We collect records that will be of use to researchers studying the industry. These includes: 

  • High level records about the decision making process of developing and managing a field and its installations;
  • Records concerning the technical construction of installations and how they operated; and
  • Records about the staff that ran these installations, the working conditions they experienced and the impact the industry worker’s families, communities and the country as a whole.

Our list of records gives a general summary of the types of records we would be interested in. We do not collect subsurface data.

How much does it cost to contribute to the Oil & Gas Archive?

There is no fixed charge for working with Capturing the Energy, and we can offer a variety of informal advice and support for free. When it comes to transferring records to the archive, we have two main options for companies, detailed in our process pages.

However, the exact nature and extent of the work and costs involved varies according to the volume of material to be surveyed, the standard of recordkeeping and the amount that is selected for the archive. For example, larger fields that have operated over long time spans will produce larger volumes of material, but are often more likely to be of historical interest.

We would be happy to reach an agreement that is tailored to your needs and circumstances - contact us to discuss your particular case. 

How do I access the Oil & Gas Archive's collections?

The Oil and Gas Archive is held at the Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen. The distinctive cube-shaped building opened in 2012 and is a landmark on the city skyline - a fitting home for collections relating to an industry that has defined and transformed Aberdeen for half a century.

To access the archives, search the catalogue to find material that is of interest, then contact our friendly team to arrange to view the items in our Reading Room. For a summary of what we hold in the Oil and Gas Archive please see our factsheet.

How is Capturing the Energy funded?

The Capturing the Energy Steering Group is made up of members who participate on a voluntary basis. The project is based at the University of Aberdeen, and Oil & Gas UK have generously funded a Development Officer post for the project. 

Although we are grateful for the support we have received from Total we are not affiliated to any particular company, and we are keen to develop partnerships with companies across the industry. To build a sustainable and accessible resource for research, we have to ask companies to make a donation to cover the cost of surveying, selecting, cataloguing and repackaging material for the project.

How can I support Capturing the Energy?

Join the Steering Group or one of its sub-groups, help us set up a partnership with your organisation, or contact the Development Officer to discuss other ways you might be able to assist the project.