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Total has successfully explored, developed, and produced oil and gas in the Danish North Sea for more than 50 years. Total is fully committed to the development of the Danish North Sea. We provide 26,000 jobs directly and indirectly, contribute to state revenue, and ensure energy security in Denmark today and for decades to come. 

As Denmark’s leading oil and gas company, Total produces from 16 fields using 50 offshore installations and five main platforms. We are a diverse and multinational team of more than 1,400 people, of which approximately 450 work offshore.  


Total’s Esbjerg facilities are the heart of our operational activities in the Danish North Sea but nearly 380 of our employees work in Copenhagen. Here, in Total’s first Headquarters located outside of France, Total’s North Sea business unit supervises E&P operations in Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and Russia. It is also where the technical center for offshore developments and support functions reside as well as marketing and services for the Nordic countries.   



The Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) is responsible for 85% of the oil and 97% of the gas production in Denmark – a significant contribution to society. When the DUC was formed in 1962 to explore the Danish North Sea, there was no great expectation that Denmark would become an oil-producing country. However, by 1972, the Dan field came onstream and sparked global interest.  

In 2018, Total acquired Maersk Oil, including the Sole Concession and the role as operator in DUC. 2019 has been a year of change to the DUC partnership. First, Total expanded its presence through the closure of the acquisition of the 12% share of Chevron, and second Shell sold its upstream assets in Denmark to Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco). 

Today the DUC partners are Total (43.2%), Noreco (36.8%), and the state-owned North Sea Fund (20%).  

The DUC assets are among the most complex set of assets in the North Sea and within the Total portfolio due to the nature of the very tight reservoirs. 


Total’s aim is to always be the safe and responsible energy operator. As such, safety is a Total core value that is never compromised. We are committed to maximizing safe and efficient operations of the DUC assets by ensuring the protection of the health of our employees, facilities and products and the environment. 

As a responsible business, we are also committed to the efficient and wise use of our energy sources and products to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations. Our target is to improve the energy efficiency of our facilities by 1% every year on average from 2010 to 2020.