DENMARK’S Technical University (DTU) will be the home of a new Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre set up by the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) – operated by AP Moller-Maersk.

The centre aims to help support future oil and gas production from the Danish North Sea, with Maersk saying it could potentially create research opportunities for up to 100 scientists.

To be based at DTU’s Lyngby campus, the centre will maintain a close research collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland), among others.

The Centre, which will be headed by former DTU academic Bo Cerup-Simonsen, was established with a foundation grant of 1 billion Danish Kroner, to be distributed over ten years.

“There is great potential in the Danish North Sea, but the subsurface is complex and therefore innovative thinking is needed to help increase the recovery factor,” Dr Cerup-Simonsen said.

The subsurface in the Danish sector of the North Sea consists of tight chalk layers that make it difficult to extract oil and gas, the DUC said in an announcement.

“It is these complex geological challenges, combined with the effects of 40 years of production, which is driving the need for better understanding and developing new technology to increase the overall volumes of oil and gas that can be brought on stream.”

The DUC consists of AP Moller Maersk, with a 31.2% operating stake, as well as Shell (36.8%), Chevron (12%) and the state-owned North Sea Fund.