About the Industrial Heritage Projects

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According to the Directorate of Cultural Heritage (“Riksantikvaren”), offshore installations are some of the most important and complex structures of our time. They represent important sources of history of the developments of Norwegian society.
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For that reason, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum together with the National Archives and the National Library have so far documented five fields on the Norwegian Shelf – Ekofisk, Frigg, Statfjord, Valhall and Draugen.

These fields are chosen in accordance with Oil and gas fields in Norway. Industrial Heritage plan

The purpose is to provide posterity with a full and nuanced picture of what once was, and an opportunity to understand the current developments and their implications for the industrial and societal development in Norway. The projects will preserve a representative selection of historically valuable materials that otherwise would be permanently lost.

The documentation of the fields sheds light on installations above and below sea-level, their exteriors and interiors, and machines and equipment along . It encompasses work processes, work environments, ripple effects on economy, politics and society. It includes traits of the field itself and its development such as technological development, special projects, historical events, negotiations and decisions vital to the development plans, choice of concepts, political debates and decisions as well as matters of local, regional, national and international importance.

While gathering and selecting the sources, careful considerations of the material as grounds for future research and outreach were made.

Each of the five fields are represented on newly-launched website that is accessible to the general public. The website explores themes such as operations, work life, economy & society, and history. Furthermore, a timeline with the most important events is provided.

Published October 27, 2020   •   Updated November 17, 2020
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