Boys from The Black Stuff

Energy Transition Group
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19 Nov 2009

The Mining Institute of Scotland was back at Aberdeen’s Techfest Family Activity weekend on 19/20th September, part of the North East of Scotland’s annual festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The theme was ‘The Black Stuff’, an opportunity for young people, and their parents/relatives, to discover more about the precious commodities of oil and coal.
Over 2500 members of the public passed through over the course of the weekend, many of them stopping by the Black Stuff to hear MIS members  Craig Durham, Grant MacKinlay, Gavin Ferguson and Graham Scott explain the different types of oil, how its stored and produced from reservoir rocks, the refining process and literally hundreds of everyday products that rely on oil as a key ingredient. Not to mention the significant percentage of power generation fuelled by gas and coal to help ‘keep the lights on’.
Pictured are Craig Durham (left) & Grant MacKinlay, MIS.