Oil was first discovered in the Danish sector of the North Sea in 1967, with commercial production beginning in 1973. In 2018, operated production in Denmark was around 97,000 barrels of oil and 334 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
Total’s presence in Denmark was cemented with the acquisition of Maersk Oil and takeover of the operatorship of the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC). This consortium is responsible for 85% of the oil and 97% of the gas production in Denmark, making an important contribution to Denmark’s economy, energy supply and employment.
Total’s Esbjerg facilities are the heart of our operational activities in the Danish North Sea. We employ more than 1,600 people, of which 450 work offshore. Nearly 380 of our employees work in Copenhagen. Here, our North Sea business unit supervises Total operations in Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and Russia.
We have singled out five drivers to tackle climate issues:
- Enhancing energy efficiency.
- Growing in natural gas.
- Stepping up our low-carbon electricity activities.
- Promoting sustainable biofuels.
- Investing in carbon storage.
This is an important steppingstone along the path to achieving the Group’s climate ambition of reaching net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
“Global warming is a real concern and, at Total, we want to be part of the solution by reducing our GHG emissions. ”
Health, Safety and Environment Senior Vice President, Exploration and Production