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Six new models for oil recovery

Thursday 12 Jan 17

Centre for Oil and Gas-DTU

 The centre is funded by the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), a partnership which consists of:

  • A.P. Møller – Mærsk
  • Shell
  • Chevron
  • Nordsøfonden—the Danish State’s oil and gas company

DUC has invested DKK 1 billion in the centre, which is based on the DTU Lyngby campus. The centre is participating in a close research partnership with the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark (GEUS).

Two years after the Center for Oil and Gas — DTU was established, six models have been identified to demonstrate how a greater proportion of Denmark’s oil and gas can be drawn from the North Sea.

The work is being carried out jointly with the DTU’s partner institutions: the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark (GEUS), overseas institutions, and a number of private companies.

Access to key data
Each demonstration model features representatives from industry and the universities. The singular feature of the working relationship is that industry has granted the researchers unprecedented access to key data and information about the oil fields. The data include, for example, technical reports, measurements, seismic data, reservoir models, underground data and information about how operators deal with corrosion. This provides DHRTC with an historic opportunity to make a difference.

“A closely knit working community involving researchers and industry is essential if we are to reach our goal. Both because time is short, and because we have to find new solutions to old problems and deal with complex issues,” explains Henrik Tirsgaad, Head of Corporate Technology and Innovation at Maersk Oil.

“The first step towards working together is to share our data, which we have a history of keeping to ourselves ... We are now opening our files and making our knowledge available to the researchers. This may well lead to an important breakthrough.”

Center for Oil and Gas—DTU
The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre—DTU was founded in 2014. After the first two years of operation, the centre currently employs 65 people and expects this number to rise to 100 next year. Learn more on

Six models for oil recovery

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