DHRTC is now well established and ready to help solving the challenges in the recovery of oil and gas in the North Sea through research and innovation.
After three years of activity, we are now well underway.

The centre has defined six research programmes, each pointing at a specific aspect of how to improve oil and gas recovery in the North Sea. This second annual report from DHRTC describes the programmes in further detail, and presents selected examples of research through accessible interviews in order to make the knowledge available for all who share an interest.

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Our year in numbers
2017 has been a successful year. In 2018 the centre will concentrate on moving research and innovation closer to application.

Our work programmes and research

DHRTC creates results through interdisciplinary research and innovation."
The vision of the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) is to demonstrate how the research can help increase 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. To ensure the very best industry solutions, research projects are linked to a number of work programmes each focusing on a specific issue. The projects linked to the various work programmes all contribute to addressing the specific issue. You can read more about some of DHRTC’s current work programmes and research below.

The lab is the focal point for new solutions

In some fields, it is no longer possible to boost oil recovery by injecting water and pushing the oil towards the wells. But there is much oil left, and at DHRTC lab researchers are finding that dimethyl ether enhanced waterflooding shows technical potential.

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New drilling technology expected to unlock oil

Most of the oil in the Danish oilfields is trapped in tight chalk and cannot be commercially extracted by existing technologies. DHRTC is developing a new Radial Jet Drilling technology that has the potential to increase production.

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Artificial intelligence helps create a more productive control room

A close collaboration between researchers and a small Norwegian start-up has resulted in a new product, the 'AlarmTracker The device helps the operator in the control room of an oil platform make the right decisions in abnormal situations. Its objective is to keep the oil and gas flowing steadily, leading to an expected five percent increase in production.

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Uncovering the corrosion mystery

Corrosion is a major cost for the oil industry, and one form of corrosion is a particularly expensive troublemaker in the production wells in the North Sea: under-deposit corrosion. So far it has been impossible to predict and prevent, but now two teams of researchers at DTU are collaborating with Maersk Oil to uncover the mystery.

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Are offshore structures approaching their expiration date?

Many platforms in the Danish part of the North Sea are approaching their use-by date – but could safe operations continue for another 5, 10 or maybe 30 years? Drawing on the latest research at the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre, Professor Rune Brincker from DTU Civil Engineering gives his view.

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Valdemar – a well-protected treasure

245 kilometres west of Esbjerg lies the Lower Cretaceous Reservoir in the Valdemar Field – a true nightmare for petroleum engineers. The Valdemar Field produces first class oil but “tricky” chalk makes oil recovery a challenging exercise. A research group at DHRTC hopes to find new ways to recover the oil.

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