We have a range of core material available, all of which is donated from energy companies who have relinquished, abandoned or decommissioned fields in the North Sea and the UKCS. While we do not create our own directory of material, we recommend using the British Geological Survey UK Continental Shelf Offshore Hydrocarbon Well Collection to view scans of equivalent core material to help with your search. 


This is material that has been cut horizontally across the length of the core, and can either be a half, a third or a quarter of the original core barrel diameter. Core is available in lengths of 3 ft/1 m or by the 10 ft/3 m box, but can be cut into shorter samples. Handling a piece of core gives a good sense of geology, while helping to communicate exactly what core is and how it is recovered.


This is material that has been cut vertically down the length of the core to produce slabs that are typically preserved in resin. Core slabs are usually available in lengths of 3 ft/1 m. They can emphasis sedimentary structures and lithological variations, and are especially useful if space for geological samples is limited.


Our core store is located in Aberdeen and we will arrange for the most cost effective way for it to be shipped to you, wherever you are in the world. Local pick ups are also encouraged, should you be close enough to collect. We distribute core for educational and outreach purposes, either for free or at cost, which covers shipping and handling. We also supply to interested individuals and commercial enterprises, with any profits raised reinvested into continuing the North Sea Core initiative. Please contact us at with your request or for more information.

Cost list of core material, please contact us for a more comprehensive quote. Shipping costs can only be estimated once all material has been chosen.

Location map of available core material, for more information click on a well icon or refer to the core spreadsheet. Map created with ArcGIS Online.

List of core material available from North Sea Core, please scroll for info. Depths listed are approximate and cover a range of cut and slabbed core material. While this list is kept as up to date as possible, please contact us for more information.

Resinated Core Slabs