Tight Reservoir Development

Tight Reservoir Development (TRD)
Technology Readiness Level 0

The Tight Reservoir Development (TRD) is a new programme. Together with relevant stakeholders, we are currently in the process of describing the objectives and the hypothesis for this programme. During that process we are asking the question: How might we enhance the Oil Recovery from tight reservoirs through novel scientific research?

Some of the main factors controlling recovery are:

  • Heterogeneity
  • Presence of fractures as well as the distribution of fractures
  • Reservoir drive
  • Oil fluid properties
  • Wettability

One of the Tight Reservoirs of the Danish North Sea is the Lower Cretaceous. The Lower Cretaceous deep-water chalks and marly chalks of the Danish and Norwegian sectors of the Central Graben form a widespread but, as yet, poorly understood play with large hydrocarbon accumulations, and potentially contains many barrels of oil.

The development of the programme began in 2016 and continues in 2017 in order to form the programme completely together with specific research projects.

Follow the DHRTC website and this page for more information as we go along.

Picture Source: Finn Jakobsen et al. 2003, GEUS

Technology Readiness Level

The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale is used to measure the maturity of a project. All technologies are evaluated on the same basis of Comparison, which provides a better overall picture. The first step on the scale is research still in the idea phase while step 7 is where the idea has matured into applicable technology.

Read more about how we use the TRL scale at DHRTC here

Do you have an idea or a proposal for a research project that can enhance the oil and gas recovery from the Northsea? Send us your proposal here.