Vol. 11, No. 6

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on Australasia, the Indian Subcontinent and New Technologies

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3 Contents

5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Update

14 Licensing Opportunities

16 A Minute to Read

26 GEO Profile: Ruth Schmidt – An Extraordinary, Unknown Career

30 GEO Tourism: The Kutch Basin, Western India

64 Recent Advances in Technology: Gas Hydrates V – The Resource Potential

92 GEO Education: Rejuvenating Opportunities

96 What I Do: The Chief Geophysicist

98 GEO Cities: Midland, Texas

100 Exploration Update

102 GEO Media: The End of Country

104 Q&A

106 Hot Spot: Paraguay Draws Attention

108 Global Resource Management


20 Cover Story - Exploration: The Great Australian Bight

36 Foldout: Global Plate Tectonic Modelling

42 Technology Explained: A New Approach to Cores

46 Exploration: Madagascar – A New East African Oil Play

52 Technology Explained: Dynamic Topography

58 Foldout: The Australian North West Shelf

70 Reservoir Management: Kirkuk – A Silent Giant Oilfield

74 Industry Issues: Decarbonising Energy

80 Foldout: UtStord and South Viking Graben

86 Industry Issues: Safeguarding Your Petrotechnical Professionals

90 Technology Explained: DAS – Listening In Downhole


Q&A Australasia

Hard Work and Innovation

In just eleven years, DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) has grown from a few people working in a shed in a Perth garden, to a company employing 200 people with seven offices based all around the world. Dr. Matthew Lamont, who founded DUG in 2003 with Dr. Troy Thompson, explains why he decided to start his own geosciences company.

Market Update Worldwide

Bangladesh Offers New Exploration Arena

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has delineated the maritime border between India and Bangladesh. The peaceful settlement of the border dispute is a positive step in improving relations between the two countries and increasing energy interdependence.

Industry Issues Worldwide

Decarbonising Energy

Scientists tells us that any rise in global temperatures needs to be limited to less than two degrees over pre-industrial times. Displacing coal is the primary focus. Does gas provide a useful stepping stone to a decarbonised future?

Recent Advances in Technology Worldwide

Gas Hydrates - Part V: The Resource Potential

The gas hydrate resource is a function of geology, technology, policy, and market conditions. As we have seen, the commercial resource and recovery potential of gas hydrate strongly depends on the type of gas hydrate accumulation. In Part V of our series on gas hydrates, we discuss the resource potential.

Exploration Africa

A New Oil Play in East Africa

Following the recent discoveries off Tanzania and Mozambique, a newly acquired 2D seismic data set (MAD13) which clearly illustrates the tectonic setting and prospectivity of offshore western Madagascar is set to revive interest in the region.

GEO Tourism Asia

The Kutch Basin of Western India

The fault blocks of the Kutch Basin in western India offer to the visitor a unique opportunity to observe the Jurassic-Cretaceous-Paleogene sediments rarely outcropping anywhere else on the Western Indian continental margin. A visit to Kutch also gives an opportunity to view and enjoy the rich cultural traditions and handicrafts of western India.

What I Do Worldwide

The Chief Geophysicist

Phil Fontana is the Chief Geophysicist for seismic company Polarcus. He tells us about the career path which led to this role and what it entails – and why geophysics still excites him.