There's oil in those heaths

Advanced drilling technology and rising energy prices make oil exploration in South Jutland feasible

Oil company Wexco hopes that the bogs of South Jutland could hold the key to an oil bonanza similar to the one in the North Sea.

A.P. Møller and other companies pumped 21.9 million cubic metres of oil up from under the North Sea last year, making Denmark self-sufficient in oil and netting DKK 24.2 billion for state coffers.

The bogs of South Jutland could hold similar resources, Søren Enevoldsen, director of the Danish Energy Authority's Energy Resource section told regional daily JydskeVestkysten.

'By looking at other information and using better technology, we might find today that we have drilled in the wrong places, but nearby there might be something. That is the possibility in South Jutland.'

The area near the town of Løgumkloster holds the best chance for success, according to Enevoldsen.

'That nothing is found would be highly unlikely.'

Oil reserves might lie other places in the country as well. Drilling tests are expected to be conducted near Karlebo in northern Zealand later this year.

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