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Figure: Production and long-term forecast for oil
Figure: Production and long-term forecast for oil

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Denmark becomes a net importer of oil

2017 was the last year in which Denmark produced more oil than the country consumed. The latest forecast from the Danish Energy Agency shows that from 2018 Denmark is expected to be a net importer of oil. However, Denmark is still expected to remain a net exporter of gas until 2035 - except for a few years where the Tyra facilities are rebuilt.

Since 1993, Denmark has been a net exporter of oil and gas – for many years as the only country in the EU. For oil that position will end in 2018. Except for 2024, the Danish consumption of oil is expected toexceed the amount that we produce in the Danish part of the North Sea. Details can be found in the Danish Energy Agency's updated forecasts for production of oil and gas, which will be published together with an updated assessment of Danish oil and gas resources.

The oil forecast is written down by 8 per cent

The change in the production forecast for oil stems from an overall write-down of expected oil production – totaling an 8% reduction compared to last year's forecast. Furthermore, the start-up date for several fields and discoveries are expected to be postponed and the reconstruction of Tyra facilities will result in a decrease in oil production in 2020 and 2021. As of January 1, 2018 reserves and contingent resources amounted in total to 139 million m3 oil corresponding to 18 years of oil consumption.

Continued net exporter of gas until 2035 – except for a few years

Denmark is expected to continue to be a net exporter of gas until 2035, except for the years 2020 and 2021, where a significant decline in gas production is expected due to the planned reconstruction of the Tyra facilities.

As of January 1, 2018, reserves and contingent resources amounted in total to 72 billion Nm3 gas corresponding to 30 years of gas consumption.

Figure: Production and long-term forecast for sales gas

See the publication "Resources and Forecasts, August 2018”at the Danish Energy Agency's website. 


Head of Media Relations Ture Falbe-Hansen, tel: +45 25137846,

Head of Division Trine Sannem Mønsted, tel: +45 26180292,

Advisor Jan H. Andersen, tel: +45 33926653,

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The work of the Danish Energy Agency involves matters relating to energy supply and consumption, as well as Danish efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Agency is also responsible for Danish building policy and promotes more sustainable building with regard to energy consumption, use of materials and economic issues.

The Agency is responsible for the entire chain of tasks linked to energy production and supply, transportation and consumption, including energy efficiency and savings as well as Danish national CO2 targets and initiatives to limit emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Agency supports building-policy initiatives to increase the productivity and quality of building as well as the operation and maintenance of buildings, with focus on sustainable building. The Agency also collaborates with the building sector to establish a good framework for the industry.

The Danish Energy Agency was established in 1976, and is an agency under the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building. The Agency employs about 360 persons.

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Ture Falbe-Hansen

Ture Falbe-Hansen

Press contact Head of Media Relations Danish Energy Agency +45 25 13 78 46
Morten Christensen

Morten Christensen

Press contact Team Leader Danish Energy Agency +45 3392 6858

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