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CtE representatives speak at 2014 Offshore Decommissioning Conference

CtE's stand at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference

Steering Group Convener Jim Rae and Project Development Officer Katy Johnson presented at the opening evening of the industry event, organised by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea.

The presentation, titled 'Past Memories, Future Opportunities – For The Record', explored the fifty year history of the oil and gas industry from the first licencing round in 1964 to current developments focused on maximising recovery from the UKCS and decommissioning.

Historic images illustrated the impact that the industry has had, particularly in Aberdeen and Shetland, but also in Great Yarmouth and at construction yards and industry sites around Scotland.

Delegates also heard about Capturing the Energy's efforts to preserve this history. Project Development Officer Katy Johnson said: "Capturing the Energy wants to work with the industry to make sure that its stories aren’t hidden and forgotten but preserved and celebrated". 

Capturing the Energy wants to work with the industry to make sure that its stories aren't hidden and forgotten but preserved and celebrated." Katy Johnson, Capturing the Energy

"We are focused on what will be left after the physical structures offshore have gone: the legacy of the industry and the stories of those who worked building, operating and servicing the wells, platforms, pipelines and terminals and made the UK a global leader in this sector."

She explained that Capturing the Energy were interested in records from across the industry, and wanted to build on the initiative's successful project with Total which saw over 1500 records relating to the Frigg field selected, catalogued and transferred to the University of Aberdeen. The collection now acts as a research resource and a permanent record of the Frigg field and its workers. Operators, supply chain companies and individuals were encouraged to contribute to the development of an Oil and Gas Archive at the university. 

The annual Offshore Decommissioning Conference is run jointly by industry bodies Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea. This year over 300 delegates attended the sell-out event at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews, held from the 7th to the 9th October. Capturing the Energy also had a stand in the conference's Exhibition Area. 


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