Companies need a licences for exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Denmark. Licences are granted in licencing rounds and in annual Open Door Procedures.
In total there are 19 danish producing fields of varying size, and three operators are responsible for production from these fields: DONG E&P A/S, Hess Denmark ApS and Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S.
The environmental requirements to be met on an offshore installation are primarily regarding discharges to the air and the sea and on design in order to observe the principle of using the Best Available Techniques to reduce harmful environmental impacts.
The production of oil and gas from the North Sea represents substantial value and has a major effect on the Danish economy via tax revenue, via the impact on the balance of trade and balance of payments and via the profits generated by the oil and gas sector.
In connection with the oil and gas activities in Denmark information and data are collected.
The annual report “Denmark's Oil and Gas Production and Subsoil Use” gives an overview of the activities in the oil and gas sector. Download the report at this page.
The Danish subsoil is used for more than just the production of oil and gas. The subsoil is used to extract salt and geothermal heat and to store natural gas, and also the potential future use for storage of CO2.
By Royal Decree of November 3rd 2014 it has been decided to transfer the Offshore Safety Act and tasks relating to this act from the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Buildings to the Minister of Employment.