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The Frigg UK collection at the University of Aberdeen contains over 1,500 individual items, including engineering drawings, technical manuals, operational records, staff magazines, photographs, and film and video footage. Oral history recordings provide a uniquely personal view of how the arrival of North Sea gas shaped people’s lives. There are runs of engineering, administrative and publicity records, showing the development of technology and changes in corporate policy. As the first international field to be exploited in Europe, Frigg became the model on which later collaborative agreements and operations were based.

Some records are restricted due to their sensitive commercial nature or personal data content. Please contact the Archivist for further advice.

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The collection (reference MS 3801) is available to search at the on-line catalogue of the University’s archives, alongside other smaller collections relating to the oil and gas industry. Searching for 3801 in the RefNo field will return all Frigg UK entries in the catalogue. Alternatively, you can search by key word.

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Section of MCP-01 general arrangementOnline Resources
Some documents can be viewed online. These include photographs, technical records relating to MCP-01, audio-visual clips, and extracts from Total’s magazines about the Frigg Field and installation.

These can be reached from the catalogue entries. When an image or a clip is available online, follow the Link to DigiTool and click on the thumbnail.

You can also use the database of digital records at the DigiTool search page . This allows you to search by keyword. Searching for ‘MS 3801’ will bring up all the images and clips for this collection.


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