One of the visions for Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) is to promote collaboration between interdisciplinary research on an international level and the business community.
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Henrik Tirsgaard

Head of Technology and Innovation at Maersk Oil

From vision to execution
One of the visions for Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) is to promote collaboration between interdisciplinary research on an international level and the business community.

Today we know that DHRTC has succeeded in becoming the platform it strives to be. Here highly qualified researchers and academics meet various parts of industry to discuss and find solutions to some of the fundamental challenges we face today in the Danish North Sea.

Originally, Maersk Oil engaged in the Centre because we realized that challenges associated with oil recovery we face today, to a very large extent are multidisciplinary in their nature– no single discipline, institute or scientific area can fundamentally solve them on their own. You need scientist from within geology, physics, chemistry and engineering to solve the complex problems oil and gas extraction the North Sea poses.

Henrik Tirsgaard

Head of Technology and Innovation at Maersk Oil

Henrik Tirsgaard, Head of Technology and Innovation at Maersk Oil

“You need scientist from within geology, physics, chemistry and engineering to solve the complex problems oil and gas extraction the North Sea poses.“

Improved water-management techniques – just to mention one example – links into digital, mechanical and chemical competences. These all need to be integrated to create effective solutions. Every day the Danish oil industry produces and cleans water corresponding to the consumption of a city with 300,000 inhabitants. No single research discipline can today develop the required solutions in isolation. To continuously find new and better ways of reducing and recycling produced water and minimize environmental footprint on a scale like this, you need crossdisciplinary collaboration and you need a holistic approach.

In this context, it is worth highlighting the unconventional way the Centre is designed to operate. It works across institutions, promotes cross-disciplinary interaction and reaches out to the industry, leading to a much deeper involvement of all participants: highly specialized researchers, universities, partners and industry.

When we find answers to declining oil and gas production by researching and developing new and improved technological solutions, the benefit for society is obvious: As for the economic consequences, the State of Denmark will have cheaper access to oil and a higher income. Secondly, the environmental footprint will be reduced, and finally, with more oil, Denmark will be able to remain self-suficient for a longer period.