About Us

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre was founded to find answers to declining oil and gas production by researching and developing new and improved technological solutions.

The aim of the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) is to demonstrate how the recovery of oil and gas can be increased in the Danish region of the North Sea on a commercial basis. Specifically, the aim is to demonstrate increased oil and gas recovery equivalent to 100 million barrels of oil in 2020. The centre’s work involves close collaboration between research and engineering on coming up with innovative solutions to the challenges in the North Sea. This is done through research and partnerships across universities and in interaction with industry.

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From their base at the Technical University of Denmark, the team is in the process of developing the centre and conducting research. This is being done in collaboration with the partner institutions: the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark (GEUS), and the rest of DTU. In addition, efforts are being made to establish cross-disciplinary partnerships with foreign institutions and private enterprises with a view to conducting research into and developing new technologies for recovering a larger proportion of Denmark's oil and gas from the North Sea.

DHRTC is a global centre from which researchers can access important data and knowledge about the oil fields, and our research programmes are orchestrated from the centre in partnership with research groups from our partner institutions. The purpose of the centre at DTU is to ensure solutions are developed across the various research fields, institutions, and national borders. The work must also be linked to the challenges facing the oil and gas industry.

The aim is to identify and develop a number of large work programmes, each focusing on the potential for increasing Danish oil recovery and demonstrating how much oil and gas the various models will be able to deliver.


The partners in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) entered into an agreement in 2014 on the financing of DHRTC established at and operated from DTU.

On behalf of the four DUC partners, Maersk Oil and Gas A/S a Company of TOTAL, Shell, Chevron, and Nordsøfonden, Maersk Oil entered into an agreement with DTU on establishing and running the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre.

23 MARCH 2019