Vol. 12, No. 1

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on the Arctic and Reservoir Management.

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5 Editorial

8 Update

14 Licensing Opportunities

16 A Minute to Read

34 What I Do: The Pore Pressure Specialist

50 GEO Tourism: The Patagonian Diamond

60 History of Oil: River of Oil – Early Oil Exploration in Iraq

64 Recent Advances in Technology: Gas Hydrates in the Arctic

70 GEO Profile: Gil Mull – Prudhoe Bay and Beyond

84 GEO Cities: Erbil

86 Exploration Update

88 GEO Media

90 Q & A: Let’s Talk about Shale

92 Hot Spot: The Kara Sea

94 Global Resource Management


20 Cover Story: Exploration: Political Geology in the Arctic

26 Reservoir Management: Improving Reservoir Characterisation

30 Exploration: Why Norway?

36 Seismic Foldout: De-risking the Barents Sea

42 Technology Explained: New Perspectives on the Barents Sea

46 Exploration: South East Asia – Deepwater Activity

56 Industry Issues: Turkey – A Key Transit State in Crisis

74 Seismic Foldout: The Hoop Area, Barents Sea

80 Exploration: Darwinian Evolution in the Falklands


Seismic Foldouts The Arctic

De-risking the Barents Sea

Induced polarisation and broadband seismic used together can help de-risk exploration in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea.

What I Do Worldwide

The Pore Pressure Expert

Ajesh John is a Lead Operations Geologist for Cairn India, and is a pore pressure specialist. He explains how his role fits into the E&P cycle, and suggests what makes a good pore pressure expert.

GEO Media Worldwide

Barents Sea Atlas Goes Digital

Atlas of the Geological History of the Barents Sea Editors : Morten Smelror, Oleg V. Petrov, Geir Birger Larssen and Stephanie C. Werner. Geological Survey of Norway, 2009.

Q&A Europe

Let’s Talk About Shale

Ken Cronin is CEO of UKOOG, which represents the onshore oil and gas industry in the UK, and is therefore heavily involved in ongoing discussions about unconventional exploration in the country.

Exploration The Arctic

Political Geology in the Arctic

Geology has been used to argue for the rearrangement of maritime borders of states, often to the prejudice of geology as a science. This is especially true in the Arctic, so what impact does this have on potential exploration in the area?

Technology Explained Europe

New Perspectives on the Barents Sea

The recent opening of the south-east Barents Sea to oil and gas exploration has provided an opportunity to deploy the latest technologies such as full tensor gravity gradiometry to improve efficiency and reduce time to first oil.