Research and studies

Nordsøfonden together with Danish and foreign cooperation partners participates in a number of projects all aiming at acquiring, sharing and developing new knowledge. Nordsøfonden gives high priority to sharing of knowledge and acquiring of data as research, development and innovation are key elements in enhancing recovery from the Danish shelf.

Below you may read about the studies and projects in which Nordsøfonden is and has been participating. If you are interested in knowing more about the individual studies we recommend you to make arrangements via the link below each description.

Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU

For a period of 10 years Nordsøfonden together with its partners in the DUC invests DKK 1 billion in The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center based at The Technical University of Denmark.

The researchers of the Center are to cooperate with research environ-ments and commercial companies to identify new technological and conceptual solutions enhancing recovery from the Danish sector of the North Sea.

Read more on the Center's website


A total of 9 companies are actively participating in Joint Chalk Research 7 – a project supporting new research and development focusing on increasing recovery of oil from the tight chalk reservoirs of the Danish sector of the North Sea.

The project benefits from the technical expertise of the participating oil companies, and in some of the sub-projects the JCR-group is cooperating with various universities. The JCR-7 has been active since 1980 seeing participation of Norwegian as well as Danish companies and authorities.

Read more at the JCR website


The project ALTKUL (alternative hydrocarbon methods) focused on establishing what methods are available and suitable for exploring for
oil and gas in onshore Denmark.

GEUS was responsible for the project under the guidance of DONG E&P
A/S and Nordsøfonden. The Danish Energy Agency participated as an observer.

Read more at the GEUS website


The Danish Cenozoic oil-gas system has been known for decades and is being produced from the Siri-area. Finding oil in the Lille John structure has resulted in an interest in the younger deposits and their potential
as a reservoir.

The one-year CenSys project running in 2014-15 was focusing on establishing a consistent description of the source rock and sedimen-
tation model.

Read more in the GEUS leaflet


The scope of the PetSys project is to compile existing knowledge and establishing an updated framework for the Jurassic reservoir rocks and petroleum systems of the Danish Central Graben.

The project took place during the period 2011-2014 where maps and analyses regularly was being made available to the participating companies. GEUS has proposed for the project to be continued and updated with the latest data from seismics and wells drilled
in some years.

GEUS and a number of companies active in exploring for oil and gas
in the Danish Central Graben are participating in the project.

Read more in the GEUS leaflet


The scope of the project is to establish a consistent stratigraphic framework for Upper and Lower Cretaceous and Danien in order to provide a better display of the characteristics of the reservoirs including their porosity and permeability. This will offer improved understanding of the mitigation fairways to the chalk and be of major value to companies exploring the Danish shelf.

CretSys is a 3-year project established in cooperation with GEUS and a number of oil and gas companies including Nordsøfonden.The project started in spring 2014 and will be terminated in 2017.

Read more in the Geus leaflet

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