Vol. 10, No. 4

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on Latin America and Geophysics

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5 Editorial

6 Update

14 Market Update

16 Licensing Opportunities

18 A Minute to Read

32 GEO ExPro Profile: Liu Juxiang – A Challenging Job

42 Recent Advances in Technology: Broadband IV – Mission Impossible!

60 GEO Education: Folds and Folding II

66 GEO Tourism: Petra – The Rose-Red Wonder

90 GEO Cities: Colorful Calgary

94 Exploration Update

96 Q&A

98 GEO Media

100 Hot Spot: Shale Gas in Brazil

102 Global Resource Management


22 Cover Story: Petroleum, the New Economic Boost for Suriname

28 Industry Issues: A Shadow of its Former Self

36 Seismic Foldout: Pelotas Basin Oil Province Revealed

50 Geophysics: Magnetics and Fractures in Coal and Shale

54 Exploration: Honduras – Yet Another Final Frontier?

74 Seismic Foldout: The Santos Basin – Unlocking the Pre-Salt Potential

80 Reservoir Management: The Value of Monitoring Fractures

84 Exploration: South American Shales – A Regional Assessment

92 Technology: Virtual Boreholes


Recent Advances in Technology Worldwide

Broadband Seismic Technology and Beyond Part IV: PGS’s Geostreamer – Mission Impossible

In 2007, PGS took the industry by surprise with the launch of the GeoStreamer, the dual-sensor towed streamer that kick-started the broadband revolution. But how did they solve the riddle of combining the hydrophones and geophones into broadband measurements? For most geophysicists, it was seen as ‘a mission impossible’. It turned out to be so simple, so elegant, and so brilliant. It was a fantastic journey, of course with setbacks, but with persistence, a culture of innovation, and outstanding geophysical work, they won. Their achievement represents maybe the largest single step in the technological development of the marine seismic streamer.

Q&A Asia

BGP – A Fast-Growing Company

BGP Inc., China National Petroleum Corporation is one of the world’s leading geophysical service companies and undertakes more land-based geophysical surveys worldwide than any other company in the industry. We talk to Mr. Zheng Huasheng, Vice President of BGP, about the growth and aims of this exciting organization.

GEO Tourism Middle East

Petra The Rose-Red Wonder

Petra, an ancient red city in the middle of the Arabian Desert of southern Jordan, reveals its glorious archeological past in addition to its deep chronological history. In 2007, Petra was designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

GEO Profile Worldwide

A Challenging Job!

A move from geophysical R&D into marketing, sparked partly by his proficiency in English, was an unusual career path for BGP geophysicist Liu Juxiang, but it has taken him all around the world in a job he loves.

Seismic Foldouts South America

The Pelotas Basin Oil Province Revealed

Whilst the white heat of sub-salt exploration in the Santos and Campos Basins of Brazil’s Atlantic Margin has yielded extraordinary success, its southern sister, the Pelotas Basin, has seen little attention for over ten years, despite displaying clear direct hydrocarbon indicators. However, a new 2D seismic program acquired in 2013 is revealing new evidence for sand-rich systems and oil plays, making the deepwater Pelotas Basin an excellent choice for blocks to be nominated in Brazil’s upcoming Bid Round 13.

Industry Issues Africa

A Shadow of its Former Self

Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill: six years of stop-go progress on oil industry reform has resulted in a bill that falls far short of its original transparency and revenue-generation goals

Exploration Europe

Elephants are Extinct

The future of the Norwegian Continental Shelf to a large degree depends on the discovery of small fields. The Geological Society of Norway has taken the initiative by organizing a conference dealing with the challenges in defining such prospects.

Editorials Worldwide

Frack Off! But Where To?

Only someone who has spent the last five years in the remote Amazon rainforest could be unaware of the influence of unconventional hydrocarbon resources on the economy of the United States.