Vol. 13, No. 2

This edition of GEO ExPro magazine focuses on Europe, New Technologies and Alternative Energy.

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5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Regional Update

10 A Minute to Read

34 GEO Tourism: Australia’s ‘Big Red’ Centre

46 GEO Profile: Ceri Powell – A Passionate Geologist

60 Recent Advances in Technology: Gravity for Hydrocarbon Exploration

64 Exploration Update

66 GEO Media: Groundbreakers

68 Q&A: Meeting Society’s Expectations

70 Global Resource Management


16 Cover Story: Alternative Energy in Iceland – Harnessing the Earth

20 Exploration: Promising Portugal

24 Exploration: Unlocking Iran’s Potential

28 Seismic Foldout: Southern Central Graben, North Sea

38 Exploration: Petroleum Basins of Yemen

44 Industry Issues: Yemen – The Issues

50 Seismic Foldout: Offshore Somalia – East Africa’s Oil Frontier

56 Technology Explained: Identifying Oil in Tight Reservoirs


Country Profile Europe

Promising Portugal

Good sediment thickness; multiple trapping mechanisms; excellent energy-hungry markets nearby; and large areas available for leasing: time to take a look at underexplored Portugal.

GEO Profile Worldwide

A Passionate Geologist

Executive Vice President of Exploration for Shell, Ceri Powell, talks to us about her life and career - and how it felt to be described (in Fortune Magazine) as the 21st most powerful woman in the world.

GEO Media Worldwide


A new book on the history of the upstream petroleum industry is itself a groundbreaker in a fascinating field.

Recent Advances in Technology Worldwide

Gravity for Hydrocarbon Exploration

Can an unexplored sedimentary basin be unravelled by gravity? How can gravity in cross-disciplinary workflows estimate the base of salt domes and gas saturation in shallow sedimentary traps ? Read on!

GEO Tourism Australasia

Australia’s ‘Big Red’ Centre

‘Big Red’ country, encapsulated in Australia’s first National Landscape - Australia’s Red Centre is now being recognised as a major draw for global travellers seeking outstanding geotourism experiences in the country.

Q&A Worldwide

Meeting Society’s Expectations

IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. Executive Director Brian Sullivan tells us about its aims and its importance to the industry and the wider world.

Exploration Asia

Exploration Update

News of recent discoveries in both China and Myanmar signals a bright start to exploration in 2016.

Exploration Middle East

Petroleum Basins of Yemen

Yemen’s petroleum resource base will be a critical part of reconstruction efforts once peace is restored, but this will require high-resolution exploration and development in both onshore producing basins and offshore frontier areas in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.