About the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre
- Based at DTU in Lyngby, the centre will maintain close research collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
- The Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) has committed DKK 1 billion to the centre over 10 years. DUC is a joint venture between Maersk Oil, the operator with 31.2%, Shell (36.8%), Chevron (12%) and the state-owned North Sea Fund (20%)
There are significant volumes of oil and gas under the Danish part of the North Sea – the question is how to get them out in a cost-effective way.
Part of the solution may be the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre, employing 100 researchers and inaugurated this month with DKK 1 billion backing from the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) joint venture of Maersk Oil and its partners in the Danish North Sea.
The research centre aims to identify technologies and concepts that can boost oil and gas extraction from the Danish North Sea, one of Maersk Oil’s main business areas where it is aiming to extend production, and attract the best and brightest young talents into the industry. These could include improved processes for recovering hydrocarbons and more advanced drilling and production designs and concepts.
“This will create a whole new research dynamic,” said Anders Bjarklev, president of DTU, which hosts the centre.
There are significant volumes of hydrocarbons in the subsurface of the Danish North Sea, but recovering them is technically complex and requires innovative solutions such as horizontal drilling and parallel well trajectories to help extract as much and as efficiently as possible.
Best and brightest minds
Maersk Oil operates oil and gas production facilities in the Danish sector of the North Sea as part of the DUC, with Shell, Chevron and Denmark’s North Sea Fund (Nordsøfonden).
By helping to educate more highly qualified technical experts who have the skills to maintain assets and develop extraction of reserves, it will also give Maersk Oil a deeper well of talent to draw upon in its recruitment.
“A key challenge will be to identify and mature meaningful research projects to enable the ambitious spending,” Maersk Oil CEO Jakob Thomasen told the inauguration.
“I am confident that there are plenty of ideas in this room today and I am looking forward to learn about the first meaningful projects solidly targeted at improving recovery in a commercially viable way.”