Former UK energy minister Brian Wilson told a conference in Aberdeen today that a project to create an archive of the UK offshore oil and gas industry was essential in the interests of future generations.
The audience at the one-day event to hear details of the project, called Capturing the Energy, were also told by Mr Wilson that the achievements of the industry deserved to be remembered and celebrated.
A number of organisations, including Scottish Enterprise Grampian, the University of Aberdeen and major oil firms including TOTAL, are taking part in the scheme with hopes of creating a permanent base in the city for documents and artefacts dating back over the 40 years since the industry was founded and also into the future.
Mr Wilson chaired the event at the University of Aberdeen, with the message to those present: “The North Sea oil and gas industry represents one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of Scotland and the UK. The technical achievements of the past 30 years are awesome and deserve to be remembered, celebrated and learned from.
The North Sea oil and gas industry represents one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of Scotland and the UK. The technical achievements of the past 30 years are awesome and deserve to be remembered, celebrated and learned from. " Brian Wilson
“There is a vast body of knowledge within the companies and public sector organisations which have been actively involved in the development of the North Sea. A project which brings this information together in a coherent way, for the interest of this and future generations, is both essential and overdue.
“Capturing the Energy will also create a powerful vehicle for recognising the immense contribution that has been made by all of those who have worked within the industry, both onshore and offshore. Often, they have had to work at the frontiers of knowledge and in the most challenging of physical conditions. They deserve to be recognised and remembered.’’
The idea evolved from a scheme to ensure the survival of records relating to the TOTAL-operated Frigg Gas field, which supplied up to a third of the UK’s gas and ceased operations in 2004 after 27 years. It then grew in scope to try to capture the broader history of the UK offshore oil and gas industry.
The aim is to encourage wider recognition of the huge importance of the offshore oil and gas industry to the UK by promoting the retention of the most significant records relating to the industry and enhancing future research programmes. It is hoped that achieving these aims will also attract new blood into the industry.