CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3801/2
TitleSt Fergus
Date1973 - 2007
Extent134 volumes; 132 digital volumes; 1 item
Administrative HistoryThe gas terminal at St Fergus was constructed in 1976, 60 km north of Aberdeen. In September 1977 began to process gas from the Frigg Field for British Gas (now Transco), although it now receives gas from over twenty different fields and supplies many more customers. The main function of the terminal is to separate the gas from any condensates before the gas is metered and sent to Transco's facilities for distribution. Condensate is liquid hydrocarbons. The separation takes place in two phases: as it arrives at the terminal, the gas is passed through a slug catcher, which removes any condensates, and then is cooled to remove any remaining liquid.

Phase 1 construction took place in 1977 and Phase 2 a year later; during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the discovery of gas in the Alwyn and Bruce fields necessitated Phase 3. As of today, the terminal covers 220 acres. In 1992, it became the first onshore facility to remotely operate an offshore installation (MCP-01).

On average, 60 to 70 million standard cubic metres of gas, about 15% to 20% of the UK’s requirement, and 2500 tonnes of natural gas liquid, is received and processed there daily. The terminal's UK facilities are entirely owned by Total, with the company also owning a 50% share of Common Facilities, such as MCP-01, with the Norwegian association Gassled.
DescriptionComprises reports, manuals, newsletters, photographs, brochures, engineering and design records, planning applications and surveys, log books and magazines. The records have been arranged into six function-based catagories: management and administration; safety and inspection; corporate communications; engineering and construction; and production.

It is highly unlikely that there will be many records dating from 2001, other than those issued by the Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Department, as the Terminal remains in use and recent records are required to operate the plant.
AppraisalThe collection has been appraised in line with normal archival procedures. Duplicates have been removed where possible.
AccrualsSome anticipated.
ArrangementThe original recordkeeping structure could not be recreated and so the records have been assigned artificial orders.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsMany records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions. Please contact the Archivist for advice if the records are subject to restrictions. Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives and from the copyright owner. Responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
Physical DescriptionSome of the material is only available as pdf and requires a computer to access. There are no restrictions affecting hardcopy records.
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