Vol. 11, No. 2

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on the Americas, the Arctic and Frontier Exploration

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5 Editorial

6 Update

14 Licensing Opportunities

16 Market Update

18 A Minute to Read

22 Cover story: GEO Tourism – Triassic Park

42 History of Oil: Memories of Iraqi Kurdistan

48 GEO Profile: Wallace Dow – Pioneer of Petroleum Geochemisty

52 Recent Advances in Technology: BroadSeis in Exploration

56 What I Do: The Seismic Interpreter

90 GEO Cities: Titusville – America’s First Oil Town 92 Exploration Update

94 GEO Media: Promised Land

96 Q&A: Frontier Exploration

98 Hot Spot: Colombia

100 Global Resource Management


30 Exploration: New Insights on the Alaskan Chukchi Sea

36 Seismic Foldout: New Plays for Old – Gabon’s Salt Basin

58 Seismic Foldout: Beaufort West – A Complete Wilson Cycle

64 Technology Explained: Rethinking Regional Reconnaissance

70 Exploration: Shale Gas – A Commercially Viable Alternative?

74 GEO Chemistry: Think Molecular

80 Technical Foldout: Around the World in 59 Stages

86 Industry Issues: Water – Truths, Damn Truths and Statistics


Industry Issues North West Europe

Maximizing Recovery

In an environment of uncertainty regarding sovereignty of lucrative UKCS resources, oil companies operating in the mature North Sea Basin are being urged to do what the London and Scottish parliaments seemingly cannot do, and work more closely together.

Technology Explained Worldwide

Broadband Seismic Technology and Beyond

PART VIII: BroadSeis in Exploration. Following on from Part VII we look at how this new technique can be effective in the search for oil as we consider its uses in exploration.

Industry Issues North America

Responsible Resource Development

Gas development of the Haynesville Shale Play prompted a local state university, Louisiana’s officials, and natural gas operators to take a transdisciplinary approach to solve the area’s water use problems, which could be used as a model for the industry.

Exploration The Arctic

New Insights on the Alaskan Chukchi Sea

Operationally challenging, environmentally sensitive and seasonally limited; the vast bounds of the underexplored basins of the Arctic region remain of significant long-term importance to the future of global energy demand. The offshore Chukchi region of Alaska represents significant untapped petroleum resources. The most recent assessment by the USGS suggests a potential 29 billion barrels of recoverable reserves.

GEO History Middle East

Memories of Iraqi Kurdistan

In 2003, the fall of Saddam Hussein opened up semi-autonomous Kurdistan to foreign investment. It also revived the interest of oil companies in the region, which had been explored, but not developed, by the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) between 1946 and 1961.

GEO Profile Worldwide

A Pioneer of Petroleum Geochemistry

Wallace Dow, who sadly passed away in June 2016, had a long and successful career pioneering the science of source rock geochemistry, playing a leading role in the advancement of vitrinite reflectance and kerogen type studies, as well as the concept of oil-source correlation. This article looks back at a celebrated life and career.

Technology Explained Worldwide

Think Molecular. It Translates into Pay!

Predicting GOR and bulk petroleum phase volumes ahead of drilling is a crucial element of exploration strategy. The organic matter in source rocks is able to tell the story; we simply need to read it.