The complexity of the Western Barents Sea necessitates the use of all available geological and geophysical data when undertaking regional interpretations, play fairway assessments and prospect definition.
With the announcement of the 2011 Syrian International Offshore Bid Round, interested oil and gas exploration companies have an exciting opportunity to assess the hydrocarbon potential of this highly prospective region.
Øystein Lie, Cecilie Skiple and Caroline Lowrey, Petroleum Geo-Services
Currently no exploration wells exist in offshore Cyprus and Lebanon, although huge gas discoveries have been made in the vicinity, but continuous seismic coverage from Cyprus to Lebanon provides an excellent starting point to understand the development of the Levantine Basin.
Flanked by the young, growing and energy hungry populations of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Bay of Bengal finds itself an increasingly hot property in the search to discover new hydrocarbon reserves.
Gary Scaife, Spectrum and Andy Billings, Hornet Geoconsulting
India’s Andaman Sea Basin is still considered frontier with respect to hydrocarbon exploration. Recent 2D seismic reprocessing has highlighted the potential of this area and has identified likely source, reservoir and seal intervals
The Canadian portion of the Beaufort Sea has been the site of intense interest and bidding in recent licensing rounds. Regional reconnaissance 2D seismic programs designed to image down to the base of the Earth's crust are redefining frontier basin evaluation.
David Mudge, Malcolm Gall and Katrine Holdoway, Ternan
The Norwegian Sea continental margin is dominated by the deep-water Vøring and Møre basins, which contain thick Cretaceous and Tertiary fills. To the east lie the Halten Terrace, Nordland Ridge and Trøndelag Platform, with a cover of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments. To the west, the Vøring and Møre Marginal Highs are overlain by a thick pile of early Tertiary lavas.
The Bristol Bay is a frontier basin with very limited seismic and well data available to the public. Preliminary analyses of the limited subsurface data coupled with surface outcrop data indicate the existence of a tertiary petroleum system and possibility of an underlying Mesozoic petroleum system. The basin is considered as primarily a gasprone province.
Lane Franks, Daire Sloan, Mark Sloan and Chris J. Matchette-Downes
A multitude of geological data suggests that the petroleum system is in place. Rich, voluminous source rocks, likely migration paths, good reservoir rocks and huge traps all make the Seychelles offshore basins a tempting target for companies ready to explore a frontier province.