Who are the National Geological Repository users?



The National Geological Repository (NGR) collections and facilities underpin exploration for natural resources, facilitate the expansion of existing and new businesses, inform subsurface risk assessment and site investigations.

In particular the collections underpin oil and gas exploration, mineral exploration, construction and civil engineering, groundwater management, and research into topics including carbon capture and storage, and radioactive waste management.

Student and academic users

The NGR collections are used regularly by academics and students working on a very broad range of earth sciences research, from palaeobiology to hydrocarbon prospectivity.

A number of UK universities bring student parties to the NGR each year, and use its collections and facilities to support practical teaching and training in petroleum geoscience.

Supporting Government legislation

The NGR directly supports Government, its departments and agencies, in the implementation of legislation, regulation and codes of practice relating to subsurface data acquired by private operators during groundwater and mineral (including oil and gas) exploration.

Legislation requires parties that drill certain types of wells to deposit specific records and samples with the British Geological Survey; the legislation includes:

  • Department of Energy and Climate Change; Petroleum Operations Notices (PON9)
  • Mining Industry Act 1926
  • Water Resources Act 1991
  • Water (Scotland) Act 1946

These materials are all housed and managed in the National Geological Repository.

The British Standard 5930 (Site Investigation) and the Health and Safety Executive's 'Approved Code of Practice on the Prevention of Inrushes in Mines' both reference key NGR collections as an essential source for due diligence information during desk studies.


Contact enquiries@bgs.ac.uk for more information