Vol. 11, No. 5

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on North West Europe, Africa, Modelling and Mapping

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5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Update

14 Licensing Opportunities

16 A Minute to Read

20 GEO Tourism: Sun, Sea and Sarakiniko

68 Recent Advances in Technology: Broadband XI – Which Technology?

72 What I Do: The Operations Geologist

86 GEO Profile: Ben Asante – Riding the Wave

92 History of Oil: Geologists at War

98 GEO Media: Maps for Understanding the Earth

102 Exploration Update

104 GEO Media: Lebanon – A Beautiful Country

106 Hot Spot: Mexico – Ronda Uno

108 Global Resource Management


26 Exploration: The East African Rift System

32 Technology Explained: Inside the Rock

36 Seismic Foldout: Guinea-Bissau – New Insights

42 Reservoir Management: The Quantification of Uncertainty

46 Exploration: Whale Hunters Seek Elephants

50 Technology Explained: Modelling – The Power of Movement

54 Exploration: The Deepwater Niger Delta

58 Seismic Foldout: Sergipe Basin – DHIs from AVOs

64 Exploration: The South Eastern Barents Sea

74 Exploration: Western Tanzania – The Lake Rukwa and Lake Nyasa Rifts

80 Seismic Foldout: Towed Streamer EM for Success


What I Do Worldwide

The Operations Geologist

Bjørn Cato Ellingsen is an Operations Geologist with First Geo (formerly Aker Geo) in Stavanger. He tells us about the various skills and tasks involved.

Technology Explained Worldwide

The Power of Movement

Kinematic modelling and analysis unlock many secrets of geological systems, providing a structurally valid framework for further analysis and risk assessment, ultimately reducing uncertainty in hydrocarbon exploration and production.

Technology Explained Worldwide

Inside the Rock

For the first time, geoscientists can produce 3D images of rock features at a wide range of scales - from millimetre through micron and down to nanometre size - and peer into the rock’s porous structure, seeing what is there and how it can be produced most effectively.

GEO History Worldwide

Geologists at War

2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of World War One. The Great War, as it was generally referred to in Europe, heralded a major shift in political power across the Western World, Asia and Africa. It also witnessed the emergence of the modern oil and gas industry.

Hot Spot South America

Ronda Uno

Mexico’s first exploration licensing round is a landmark event in the history of oil exploration in Latin America

GEO Profile Africa

Ben Asante: Riding the Wave

Benjamin Asante, until recently a senior geoscientist at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, has ridden the wave of Ghana’s national development. Although his story is full of significant and unusual personal firsts, it also reflects the rapid economic and social development of a postcolonial African state.

GEO Tourism Europe

Sun, Sea, and Sarakiniko

The volcanic island of Milos is a horseshoeshaped gem rising out of the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, where the geological tourist will never be bored.

GEO Physics Europe

Towed Streamer EM for Success

See the 'Big Picture' and the 'Details'. Using a towed streamer EM system makes it possible to use the same data to determine resistivity on a scale of a few hundred kilometres, and at the scale of the reservoir.

Exploration Africa

Exploration in the East African Rift System

Billions of barrels of oil have been discovered in the East African Rifts in recent years, but it remains highly underexplored with only two rifts partially explored so far.