Dec 2020: The government is to end to all oil and gas exploration and production in the North Sea by 2050 and cancel its latest licensing round. The country agreed in 2019 an ambitious climate target of reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 and being climate neutral in 2050.
Nov 2020: Total (operator, 43.2%), Noreco (36.8%), and Nordsøfonden (20%), collectively the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), postponed the Tyra Redevelopment Project to Q2 2023 due to Covid-19. The field required a redevelopment due to seabed subsidence.
Aug 2020: Allseas’ heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit has removed the Tyra East and Tyra West platforms as the final part of the redevelopment project’s decommissioning campaign. In 2019, production and gas export from the field was temporarily shut-in. The field requires redevelopment due to subsidence of the depleted reservoirs.
Dec 2019: Total has shut down the Tyra field in the North Sea as part of the Tyra Redevelopment project. Fabrication is under way of replacement wellhead and riser modules, a new process module, and accommodation and jacket platforms. The project will start-up in 2022.
Feb 2019: Four companies submitted bids for the 8th Licensing Round which opened in June 2018 including areas in the Central Graben. The 4 are Ardent, Lundin, MOL and Total. Nordsøfonden will be assigned a share in all licences. The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) plans to initiate the 9th Licensing Round in 2020.
No significant news in 2018.
Nov 2017: Maersk (operator) announced that the DUC has approved a US$3.36 bn redevelopment of the subsiding Tyra gas field. Tyra processes 90% of the country’s gas production and is expected to deliver 60,000 bbls of oil equivalent per day at peak with two-thirds gas and one-third oil. It will be shut-in for the redevelopment in November 2019 with production re-commencing in 2022.
Apr 2017: Wintershall (operator) has begun oil production from the Ravn field in Block 5/06 via a new production platform 300 kms north of Den Helder. The oil is transported via a subsea pipeline to Wintershall Noordzee’s A6-A processing platform from where it is piped to the Netherlands.
Mar 2017: Maersk and its partners have reached an agreement with the Government to lower taxes from 2017 enabling them to design a full redevelopment plan for the Tyra offshore facilities (and 5 satellites) to prevent them from being decommissioned. The facilities are the processing and export centre for over 90% of the country’s gas and significant volumes of oil.
Dec 2016: Maersk confirmed that it plans to stop production at its Tyra gas field, Denmark's largest gas field, in October 2018. The Tyra facilities are nearing the end of their operational life due to 30 years of production and subsidence of the underground chalk reservoir (Globalshift notes: this would have significant repercussions on other operations and is unlikely to go ahead).
Apr 2016: The Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate has issued 16 exploration licenses in the North Sea to Danish and international companies including Dong, Hess, Wintershall, Nordsofonden, Edisson, PA Resources, Ardent, Dana, Danoil, DEA, Dyas and Hansa Hydrocarbon. Meanwhile Maersk said it will shut down the Tyra gas field in 2018 if it cannot find a way to make it profitable.
Mar 2016: Dong Energy (operator, 60%) terminated the platform contract for developing the Hejre oil field. The project, originally scheduled for production in 2017, will be indefinitely delayed. The development comprised a production platform, wellhead and processing modules, 5 production wells and separate pipelines for oil and gas. Bayerngas owns 40 per cent.
Aug 2015: Total (operator, 80%) and Nordsofonden (20%) abandoned the shale well, Vendsyssel-1 , in the NW of the country. The thickness of the shale was less than expected.
May 2015: Total will give up its shale gas licence in eastern Denmark. The company began drilling earlier in May in its other shale licence in Jutland, western Denmark and exited its Polish licences in April.
May 2015: Maersk has made an oil discovery in the 9/95 licence in the North Sea with HP/HT well Xana-1X. The partnership in licence 9/95 consists of A.P. Møller – Mærsk (34%), Dong (20%), Nordsøfonden (20%), Noreco (16%) and Danoil (10%).
Mar 2015: Maersk (operator, 31.2%) as part of the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) commenced production from the unmanned platform, Tyra Southeast-B. The first well was spudded in Dec 2014 and plans are to drill up to 12 horizontal wells between 2015 and 2017. Partners in the DUC are Shell (36.8%), Nordsofonden (20%) and Chevron (12%).
Feb 2015: Dana (operator, 40%) completed drilling an appraisal and side-track well on the Lille John oil field in licence 12/06 in the North Sea confirming a flow of 34 degree API light oil. Licence 12/06 also contains the Broder Tuck gas/condensate discovery. Partners are PA Resources (24%), Nordsofonden (20%), Danoil (8%) and Spyker (8%).
Jan 2015: Total has delayed its plans to drill onshore test wells for shale gas to the spring of 2015 with fracturing, if required, in 2016. Total holds 80% of the licence with Denmark's state-owned North Sea Fund owning the other 20%.
Oct 2014: The DEA has received 25 applications for licences in the 7th Round; a record high from 15 companies. The 7th Round, announced in April 2014, covered all unlicensed areas in the Central Graben plus areas to the east where discoveries were made in the 6th Round. Licences will be issued at the beginning of 2015 with an 8th Round due in mid-2016.
Sep 2014: The oil from Dong ’s fields in the North Sea (Siri, Nini, Nini East, Cecilie and Stine) is now sent directly to the oil tank below the Siri platform (rather than via Siri and then to a tanker) after completion of repair work lasting several years. In August 2009 Dong discovered cracks in the nose of the subsea oil tank.
Aug 2014: Production from the Hejre field is not expected until 2017 due to delays in construction of the upper platform. Hejre is a joint venture between Dong (operator, 60%) and Bayerngas (40%) and is Dong’s first HPHT field. It is located near the Danish/Norwegian border and is the largest oil and gas project in the Danish sector for many years.
Jun 2014: Total, in partnership with the Danish North Sea Fund, will drill in 2014 the first well targeted at shale gas in one of 2 shale licences in the Norddjylland and Nordsjaelland northeast regions. Total will initially be permitted only to drill conventional wells without using hydraulic fracturing. Production of shale gas is not expected to start earlier than 2020 if results are positive.
Apr 2014: The Danish Energy Agency is opening the 7th Licensing Round, offering areas in the Central Graben where the majority of Danish fields are located, and areas further east, where oil discoveries were made in the sixth Round. The application period ends in
Oct 2014. On behalf of the Danish state, Nordsofonden will hold a 20% interest in the licences.
Jan 2014: Production from the Cecilie and Nini East fields has re-commenced after being shut-in since July 2013 due to a crack in the hose on the Siri platform oil tank. Oil is now sent directly to a tanker whilst the Siri field remains closed. The partners with varied interests are DONG Energy (operator) Noreco and RWE.
Dec 2013: The USGS estimated that the Alum Shale contains 195 bcm of undiscovered recoverable natural gas although there is no current production. The Alum Shale lies in the Baltic Basin, both onshore and offshore.
Apr 2013: The Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) has approved a US$800 mm investment to expand the Tyra SE field. A new unmanned platform, pipelines and 12 horizontal wells will produce an additional 20 mm bbls of oil and 4.8 bcm of gas from 2015 with peak production in 2017. Maersk (31.2%) is operator of the DUC, with Shell (36.8%), Nordsofonden (20%) and Chevron (12.0%).
Mar 2013: Wintershall announced the successful drilling of the Hibonite well (5504/1-3) in the 5/06 license in 52m of water 7 kms north of the Ravn Field, successfully appraised in 2009.The reservoir is Upper Jurassic Heno sandstones. Wintershall is the operator with a 35% interest, partnered by Bayerngas (30%), Nordsøfonden (20%) and EWE Vertrieb (15%).
Oct 2012: Shutdowns due to maintenance caused oil production from the Danish North Sea to fall by nearly 19% percent in September 2012 compared with September 2011. The oil fields produced 153,800 bbls of oil per day compared with 189,500 bbls per day in the previous year. Production was also down in August 2012, when they produced 165,600 bbls per day, and gas production was down 20.5% in September, compared to a year ago, at 0.31 bcm. The country’s oil fields are owned by DUC.