Vol. 11, No. 3

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on Europe, and Unconventional Resources and Technologies

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5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Update

16 Licensing Opportunities

18 A Minute to Read

42 Recent Advances in Technology: BroadSeis in Production

56 What I Do: The Oil Industry Volunteer

64 GEO Tourism: Rinjani, The ‘Big’ Volcano

70 History of Oil: ‘What Oilfields?’ Onshore Oil in the UK

76 GEO Profile: Lee Krystinik – Fun, Cooperation and Risk-Taking

86 GEO Education: Fracture, Fracture Everywhere

98 GEO Cities: Takoradi – Ghana’s Oil City

100 Exploration Update

102 Geomedia: The Frackers

104 Q&A: New Doctoral Training Initiative

106 Hot Spot: Papua New Guinea

108 Global Resource Management


22 GEO ExPro Turns Ten

24 Country Profile: Ukraine’s Gas-Fuelled Crisis

32 Technology Explained: Polarising Pyrite

36 Seismic Foldout: A Nigerian Renaissance

46 Exploration: Defining Shale Potential in The Netherlands

50 Industry Issues: Responsible Resource Development

58 Seismic Foldout: Namibia – Frontier Exploration in West Africa

80 Seismic Foldout: Exploring the Mid North Sea High

92 Technology Explained: Completing the Picture


Seismic Foldouts Africa

Namibia: Frontier Exploration in West Africa

In 2012 and 2013, PGS shot approximately 15,000 line km of broadband seismic data in the deep and shallow waters offshore Namibia, with a view to enhancing geological understanding of the margin and de-risking exploration in this frontier part of West Africa.

Q&A Worldwide

Why Share Data?

Malcolm Fleming is CEO of Common Data Access Ltd (CDA), which was established with the aim of sharing the costs and benefits associated with managing subsurface UK E&P data through collaboration. He talks to us about the importance of sharing data.

Q&A Europe

New Doctoral Training Initiative

An innovative collaboration between universities, research institutions, government funding bodies and the E&P industry promises to change the face of doctoral petroleum geoscience training in the UK. Keith Gerdes, Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s Centre for Doctoral Training for Oil and Gas, tells us about this important development.

GEO Profile North America

Fun, Cooperation and Risk-Taking.

Lee Krystinik, who recently retired as President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, tells us why he thinks the organisation is a vital resource for the industry – and why the petroleum geologist is a natural risk-taker, both at work and play.

Editorials Worldwide

A Disturbing World

We live in troubling times. After the hope of the 2010 ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia, we have witnessed the toppling of Ghaddafi in Libya, the overthrow of two governments in Egypt, full scale civil war in Syria and Iraq looks increasingly unstable as fundamentalist fighters of IS spread their hold on the oil-rich regions of northern Iraq and Kurdistan. And Gaza and Israel continue their uneven trade in missiles. Despite this, the search for hydrocarbons goes on. Worries about energy security and conflict always bring gains and losses to someone.

GEO Cities Africa

Takoradi: Ghana’s Oil City.

Oil has been the catalyst for investment, reviving Takoradi’s fortunes as an export hub for Ghana’s many resources – but benefits to the local economy remain elusive.

GEO Education Worldwide

Fracture, Fracture Everywhere - Part I

Rock fractures are ubiquitous because rocks in the Earth’s upper crustal levels are brittle. However, the fractures show considerable variations due to their origin, geometry and rock properties. Given the petroleum industry’s major shift in recent years to exploit tight reservoirs, there is now greater interest in rock fracture studies because open fractures, whether natural or hydraulic, provide the essential permeability for fluid flow in such reservoirs. A fresh understanding of rock fractures is thus timely. In this two-part article, we first review the geometry and characteristics of rock fractures. In part two, geomechanics of fractures will be discussed.

Editorials Worldwide

10th Anniversary Wrap Up

Now that the bunting has been put away and memories of the celebrations are consigned to the annals of folklore we bring you a quick review of prize-winners and stylish-dinners.