Danish offshore

Energy from the sea

Energy from the sea – Danish Offshore in the North Sea

Join us on a trip on the North Sea!

A visit to one of the Danish platforms on the North Sea is practically out of the question for anyone who does not work there. The same applies to the big offshore wind farms that have appeared in Danish territorial waters since 2000. Now the Fisheries and Maritime Museum’s new exhibition opens the door into a fascinating world that only a few have been able to experience.

The exhibition “Energy from the Sea – Danish offshore in the North Sea” takes you to the platforms out at sea, beneath the platforms on the sea bed, deep below ground level and up into the air, where the North Sea can be viewed from a helicopter. Here we unveil a part of Denmark that is normally hidden from the public eye, but all-important. We show you how oil, gas and wind power are produced and used to keep Denmark running today.

The “Energy from the Sea – Danish Offshore in the North Sea” exhibition was created with the help of a generous donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation. The exhibition opened on 8 September 2016.

The last chance to see this exhibition is October 30th 2022. The exhibition Mysteries of the Sea will open in early 2023.


The history of the Danish offshore industries is one of the Fisheries and Maritime Museum’s areas of responsibility. ‘Offshore’ means ‘away from the coast’, and refers to (territorial) waters out at sea. It is used in relation to energy production activities at sea, including oil and gas extraction from platforms as well as wind farms.

Offshore activity in the North Sea is an integral part of the museum’s research and collection programme.

Exploration for oil and gas in the Danish sector of the North Sea began in the 1960s. Dan Field, the first Danish oilfield, began production in 1972. A.P. Møller and the partners in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) were the first investors. Today there are several productive oil and gas fields in the Danish North Sea, operated by various contractors.
In the 2000s, offshore wind farms began operating in the North Sea, supplementing Danish energy production. Esbjerg is the base for Denmark’s North Sea offshore industry, a sector that is very important to the Danish economy.


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