1965 - Gas was discovered off the east coast
1970 - BP discovered the massive Forties Oil
Field in the North Sea, 110 miles east of
The Oil was supposed to run out by the 1990s
as only about 30% of the oil from a field could
be extracted at that time. New techniques
developed in the North Sea such as slant
drilling and using pressure, allows up to 60%
of the oil to be taken from each well.
1992 - the last shipbuilders, Hall, Russell
& Co. Ltd. closed. This firm built many fishing
vessels, whaling ships, and cargo steamers.
Fishing out of Aberdeen was a huge business
from the 1890s.
During the two World Wars, they built
minesweepers, corvettes, frigates and more. The
last large vessel built at Aberdeen was the
St. Helena, a
6,700 ton cargo and passenger vessel. Aberdeen Shipbuilding.
1990s? - Aberdeen Harbour is fenced off for
1999 - Oil production in the North Sea
peeked at 2.6 million barrels per day.
2002 - the 110,000 tonne platform named
Maureen was the first large structure to be
2008 - 97% of Oil used in the UK came from
the North Sea.
2017 - production begins on Aberdeen Bay
Wind Farm with 11 massive Turbines, 2 miles off
the coast at Aberdeen.
2018 July - Power is produced from the Wind
Farm claimed to be enough to power around
The Wind Farm created more revenue from
ships using Aberdeen Harbour.
2018 - Oil production is around 1.6 million
barrels per day.
2018 - with new fields found and new ways to
extract more Oil from each well, an estimated
10 billion barrels of Oil are left in the North
Sea that can be extracted. 43 billion barrels
have been extracted over the previous 40