FAQs

What is Capturing the Energy?

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

How is Capturing the Energy funded?

What records are Capturing the Energy interested in?

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

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

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

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 their key historically important records are preserved as both a record of the industry’s achievements and a resource for learning and research.

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 do not collect subsurface data. We are instead interested in: 

  • 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 intersted in.

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.

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 intersted in. We do not collect subsurface data.

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

We have two options for companies, detailed in our process pages.

This varies according to the volume of material that needs to be gone surveyed and the amount that is selected for the archive: 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. Contact us to discuss your individual case. 

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 oil and gas industry is the most significant post-war industry in the UK and forms an important part of Scotland's industrial history; we need to preserve its records to enable research to be carried out on the industry in the future.

It also ensures operators are compliant with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS; formerly DECC), which regulates the decommissioning process. DECC's Decommissioning Guidance explicitly supports the Capturing the Energy project: "DECC fully supports the scheme […] and would encourage operators to discuss their records and information with the Capturing the Energy initiative". 

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.

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

Please see the factsheet.

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.