Scientific achievements

By Rie Jerichow

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. The committee is made up of representatives from the partner institutions, and its role is to ensure that the research has a high academic level and to make recommendations for how the research environment can contribute to achieving the centre’s goals. The committee also helps to connect and stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration between the professional groups. Read their view of the centre’s accomplishments so far and what impact it has had on the partner institutions.

Aarhus University - Søren Bom Nielsen - Professor and Head of Department of Geoscience

In your view, what are the most important DHRTC results?

DHRTC has been facilitating good collaboration and strengthened the network amongst the partner institutions. For example, the consortium project LOCRETA – Consortium for Lower Cretaceous reservoir analysis – has been absolutely fantastic so far. The local organization is central to this achievement.

What impact has DHRTC so far had on your university/institution?

DHRTC has helped our researchers gain more interest in and knowledge about the oil and gas industry. Consequently, AU has shown an engagement in DHRTC projects beyond expectations.

The Centre has also implicitly facilitated inter-departmental collaboration within AU.

Future perspective: What is your view on future cooperation with DHRTC?

We hope that more DHRTC projects will prove applicable to the larger scale, and that therefore DHRTC will succeed in demonstrating the great potential within the national network of universities. We will achieve the ultimate success if this network continues to create excellent results with similar funding possibilities after 2024.

 

Technical University of Denmark - Georgios Kontogeorgis Professor - Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

In your view, what are the most important DHRTC results?

DHRTC has created a new focus on research related to oil and gas in Denmark. Moreover, an extensive database about Danish reservoirs and an excellent petroleum laboratory have been established. We see significant advances in studies of the recovery mechanisms, especially smart waterflooding. Equally important is the establishment and co-ordination of collaboration with experienced partners who have a track record, laboratories and the knowhow to drive the process of improving oil recovery from the Danish sector.

What impact has DHRTC so far had on your university/institution?

To be highlighted are the significant funding and the large amount of joint and cross-departmental projects in a wide range of fields (corrosion and scaling, gas injection, geology, etc). Overall, a very positive impact which has enabled research and researcher education to the mutual benefit of both our institution, DHRTC and the operating companies.

Future perspective: What is your view on future cooperation in DHRTC?

We certainly see the close collaboration being continued, maybe more focused on larger projects. We hope to see more initiatives regarding petroleum education as well and maybe more focus on basic research which can have a significant impact in the future.   

University of Copenhagen - Morten Pejrup Professor - Associate Dean for Research

n your view, what are the most important DHRTC results?

At the University of Copenhagen, DHRTC has stimulated interdisciplinary research between widely diverse specialties, including mathematical-numerical theory, chemistry and geology. Furthermore, theoretical approaches have been combined with geological field work.

What impact has DHRTC so far had on your university/institution?

The research has strengthened collaboration not only between internal departments but also with outside hydrocarbon-related research, thereby paving the way for future alliances.

Furthermore, the DHRTC collaboration has inspired us to connect basic research to technological applications in a novel context.

Future perspective: What is your view on future cooperation with DHRTC?

We see DHRTC as the engine driving future university-company partnerships, not only to improve hydrocarbon production in the Danish North Sea area, but also to ensure optimal energy transition in the years to come.

The wave measurements and wave simulations west of Anholt are highly interesting for geoscientists from The University of Copenhagen, and we will try to establish a close cooperation in the near future. In this respect the data transfer process is also a huge challenge and researchers from computer science wish to participate in this difficult and challenging task.

National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland - Mads Engberg Willumsen - Head of Department of Reservoir Geology

In your view, what are the most important DHRTC results?

I find that the single most important result of the DHRTC efforts is that it has sparked, and continues to facilitate, direct collaboration between many more scientists across the participating institutions. It has facilitated new contacts which I hope will exist way beyond the first decade of DHRTC.

What impact has DHRTC so far had on your university/institution?

DHRTC funds has helped keep important knowledge and experience within our organization through a period when slimming of the oil industry based on low oil prices otherwise could have made it difficult.

Future perspective: What is your view on future cooperation with DHRTC?

It was with great enthusiasm that we recently had the opportunity to discuss project results directly with the end user, the people in Total, who have the day-to-day experience with producing the fields. This direct new contact is very constructive and could lead to enhanced usefulness of both ongoing and future projects.

Aalborg University - John K. Pedersen - Associate Professor, Head of Department of Energy Technology

In your view, what are the most important DHRTC results?

DHRTC has facilitated coordinated research efforts between different partner institutions. In addition, it has contributed to increasing interest in offshore oil and gas in researchers with relevant competencies.

What impact has DHRTC so far had on your university/institution?

DHRTC funding complements and strengthens the research project portfolio of AAU within offshore oil and gas production and the collaboration with operators. In addition, DHRTC has designated an important additional pathway towards oil and gas research at AAU, allowing new research topics to be explored.

Future perspective: What is your view on future cooperation with DHRTC?

With the target of looking beyond 2024, a key element is the consolidation of a common strong research environment, including focus on basic research and educational initiatives with the potential of attracting young students to oil and gas technology. Furthermore, we would like to support an increased effort towards reduction of environmental footprint of the oil and gas production.