What We're Working On

Capturing the Energy logoSince 2006 Capturing the Energy has completed a number of projects that contribute to its aim of preserving the history of the UK offshore oil and gas industry. 

  • Capturing the Energy and CNR International have produced a brand new collection about the popular Murchison platform, which was decommissioned in 2017 - an exciting addition to the University of Aberdeen's Oil and Gas Archive
  • The University is also home to the Lives in the Oil Industry oral history collection, which include scores of first-hand accounts of personal experiences in the industry over the past 50 years, produced in collaboration with the British Library
  • In partnership with Total E&P UK and the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Capturing the Energy helped to create an archive about the Frigg gas field and pipeline system, which straddled the UK/Norway border and remains one of the most significant finds in the North Sea
  • Following a scoping survey of recordkeeping in oil & gas commissioned by Capturing the Energy, the Business Archives Council of Scotland produced a report that improved our understanding of which records held across the industry are of enduring historical importance
  • As part of our public engagement work, a mobile app has been produced, featuring stories from the archives that capture the history of the industry and its economic and social impact
  • Capturing the Energy is an active participant in the European Oil and Gas Archives Network (EOGAN) and hosted the network’s fourth annual conference in 2013

In addition, we've recently been working on a number of important initiatives including:

  • The creation of new collections within the archive featuring some of the North Sea's most significant and well-known installations such as Shell's Brent field
  • Updating the advice regarding the management of historical records contained within the government's authoritative Decommissioning Guidance
  • Development of a standard approach to identifying and transferring archive files as part of new industry-wide information management practices led by the Oil & Gas Authority
  • Supporting artist Sue Jane Taylor's latest exhibition, Age of Oil, at the National Museum of Scotland in 2017 and at the University of Aberdeen in 2018