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Abandonment of Offshore Oil and Gas Fields

In 2020, DHRTC is starting up a new research programme on abandonment. The abandonment programme is focusing on the challenges in the Danish North Sea with a vision of; ‘robust and cost effective abandonment for short and long term environmental protection’.

Due to the mature age of the fields in the Danish North Sea, abandonment is becoming increasingly relevant. The number of fields and wells, which have to be abandoned in the coming years, is substantial, and the cost associated with the abandonment work will significantly affect not just the Oil and Gas operators but also the Danish society. Additionally, the actual abandonment work may affect the environment both during the abandonment operation, with potential disturbance to marine life and CO2 emissions, but also in the long run if the abandonment materials deteriorate over time.

In order to deliver on the vision the programme scope has been divided into three areas; Well Abandonment, Environmental Impact and Late Life Production.


Charlotte Nørgaard Larsen
Programme Manager
Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU
+45 93 51 15 36