Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre

Now, almost half way into the scheduled timeframe of ten years, Troels Albrechtsen gives his views on the past and the future of DHRTC. 

DHRTC has come a long way and can be proud

Troels Albrechtsen was one of the founding fathers of DHRTC. As a representative of Maersk Oil, now Total, he and the partners in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) had a vision of bringing together five research institutions in order to create new and innovative solutions to the challenge of extracting the remaining oil and gas in the North Sea.

Read the full interview with Troels Albrecthsen, Vice President Copenhagen Offshore Product Line 

Our research and results

DHRTC creates results through substantial and interdisciplinary research and innovation

The vision of the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) is to demonstrate how the research can help increase and improve the recovery of oil and gas in the Danish region of the North Sea.

The path to the goal is to create good collaboration with all players. Below you will find stories about some of our deliveries in 2018, interviews with key stakeholders and get an overview of the many activities going on in DHRTC.

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DHRTC has come a long way and can be proud

Now, almost half way into the scheduled timeframe of ten years, Troels Albrechtsen gives his views on the past and the future of DHRTC. Troels Albrechtsen was one of the founding fathers of DHRTC. As a representative of Maersk Oil, now Total, he and the partners in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) had a vision of bringing together five research institutions in order to create new and innovative solutions to the challenge of extracting the remaining oil and gas in the North Sea

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Preface: Clear Line
We have a clear line of sight

We are proud that the DHRTC researchers already are delivering excellent academic results. Four DHRTC projects have achieved the aim of bringing technology innovations to Technology Readiness Level 3, from where our industrial partners have the option to implement them.

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Preface: Goals
DHRTC is successfully pursuing its goals

I am quite certain that we will see more innovations coming out of the many projects that have been initiated.

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Scientific achievements
DHRTC from a scientific perspective

With more than 130 projects in DHRTC’s five partner universities and research institutions, there is much to keep track of. When it comes to research, the centre’s management is supported by the Scientific Committee.

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DFN
New models can predict fracture patterns in chalk

Chalk has a very low permeability. Only in fractures, can oil flow more easily. But where are these fractures, how many are there, and what is their orientation? New fracture models that simulate the growth of the fracture network through geological time may give an answer.

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PhD Focus
Google Earth of the subsurface

By loading existing seismic datasets into state-of-the-art seismic interpretation software and adding geological knowledge and interpretation, PhD Florian Smit has succeeded in exposing the buried sea floor of the hydrocarbon-bearing Chalk Group in the North Sea, like ‘Google Earth of the subsurface’. The aim is to enhance the prediction of reservoir quality.

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Deliverables
Work in progress

Here you get an introduction to some of the projects that DHRTC is currently working on and the knowledge produced is expected to be ready during 2019.

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Alarmtracker
AlarmTracker ready for offshore testing

The AlarmTracker is a new solution based on DHRTC funded research helping operators make informed decisions in abnormal situations. In the first quarter of 2019, the AlarmTracker was installed for offshore testing at the Judy and Dan platforms.

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Knowledge
Let’s meet and share knowledge

When DHRTC hosts events and workshops, the purpose is to connect the right academic competencies to the right technical challenges.

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Administrative Foundation
How to operate with excellence

Four years ago, the DHRTC-administration began activities in an empty building with no comparable network-based research centre to emulate. Today, industry partners rate the financial planning as “impressive”.

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Survey
DHRTC is an infusion of young blood

Every second year, The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre is contractually obliged to provide an evaluation of these processes. The centre has good reason to be pleased with the 2016-2018 ‘grades‘.

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RJD
Radial Jet Drilling at a cross road

Radial Jet Drilling technology is known to enhance onshore geothermal as well as oil and gas production. DHRTC research shows that it can also increase production in the Danish North Sea, although more technology development is needed.

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Radical Innovation
Existing vibration measurements may alleviate slugs

When you open a tap after the water supply has been disconnected, it often sputters and sprays completely uncontrollably due to air pockets in the water. Something similar takes place regularly in the separator, where production fluids are separated into oil, gas and water. A Radical Innovation Sprint project has developed an innovative solution on how to deal with this problem which is a challenge to production rate and process safety.

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Research has no age
Innovative researchers have no expiry date 

Although Jørgen Gross-Petersen has retired three times, he still has his mind full of innovative ideas for the oil and gas industry.

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