A workshop at TNO, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, was held with participants from the countries around the North Sea to create an overview of the R&D done within the area of mature fields as well as to find common challenges and prioritize the topics for potential collaboration.
"The challenges that we face individually in the countries in this field are not all unique"
In the North Sea countries, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany, research on the topic of mature fields is becoming more and more important to ensure safe, environmentally friendly and effective recovery of these ageing fields. In the various countries research programmes have been set up to address this theme. In DHRTC several programmes are focusing on recovering more from existing fields and extending the lifetime of infrastructure.
“The challenges that we face individually in the countries in this field are not all unique. Therefore, the workshop was a useful initiative to create an overview of what research and developments are being carried out as a basis to find out how and where can we best cooperate,” says Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Centre Director at DHRTC.
Moving forward, the plan is to identify common challenges in relation to which partners can collaborate to find solutions and further improve the research collaboration in the region.
This workshop is organised as part of the activities in the work stream "Brownfield Developments" of the International Energy Agency Gas & Oil Technology Collaboration Program (IEA GOTCP).