Welcome to Frigg Industrial Heritage

Frigg was a gas field which straddled the boundary between the Norwegian and British sectors of the North Sea. It lay 230 kilometres from Stavanger and 370 from the Scottish coast. Elf (now Total) was operator of this development, which at peak accounted for 30 per cent of UK gas consumption. Shut down in 2004, the Frigg installations are due to be removed by 2012. This Frigg Industrial Heritage website serves as the portal to all the documentation and history which has been collected to preserve the memory of an industrial facility which had great significance for Norway, Britain and France.

The field presents all the offshore installations both above and below the sea surface, including the pipelines. You can also learn here about the contents of the reservoir deep below ground. In addition to accessing a wealth of photographs, you can click on a link to the cessationweb site, which documents numerous details about the platforms. Links are also provided to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's website, where all the facts about wells and so forth can be found.

The timeline offers a quick way of forming a picture of the development and shut-down of Frigg by clicking on the arrow and seeing how the picture of the field changes from the start in 1962 to production shut-down in 2004. To learn more, you can open the articles relating to each year. There are more than 100 of these texts, which provide links to films, radio clips, a number of photographs and so forth. Lots of interesting snippets can be found here, which bring Norway's early oil history to life.

The process line explains what happens from the time the gas emerges from the well until it is piped to Scotland. You can also learn here about the jobs done on Frigg and what it was like to live in a 24-hour society which embraced both work and leisure.

Economics and society presents articles about the social spin-offs from the development, operation and ultimate shut-down of Frigg. You can also find more details here about where the field's archives are located.

Search. To locate a specific topic, enter the word or phrase you want to find in the search field. You will then be able to search a number of databases simultaneously and gain access to more than 3 000 images, 1 200 web pages, 600 scanned pages from magazines, books, 300 objects, 50 films and 22 radio clips.

Kristin Øye Gjerde