Vol. 13, No. 5

This edition of GEO ExPro magazine focuses on Africa, North West Europe and the North Atlantic, and EOR.

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5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Regional Update

10 Licensing Update

12 Technology Update: EOR in Sudan

14 A Minute to Read

38 GEO Profile: Paul Dailly

54 GEO Tourism: Greenland – A World of Drifting Ice

70 GEO Physics: Taking the Plunge

78 GEO City: Doha – the Pearl of Qatar

80 Exploration Update

82 Q&A: Promoting the UKCS

84 Global Resource Management


20 Seismic Foldout: Priority Onboard

26 Cover Story – Exploration: The ‘Gatwick Gusher’ – Fact or Fiction?

30 History of Oil: The Yanks are Coming

34 Exploration: Exploring Rockall – A Renaissance or a Dark Age?

42 Seismic Foldout: Finding More Gaveas in the Campos Basin

48 Exploration: Unlocking the UK North Sea’s Hidden Wealth

58 Geology: Was the Mozambique Channel Scattered with Islands?

64 Seismic Foldout: The Namibe Basin – a Clearer Image

74 Recent Advances in Technology: Codes and Ciphers II


Geology Africa

Was the Mozambique Channel Once Scattered with Islands?

The geological history of the Davie Ridge tells us how tectonic, erosional and climatic forces shaped this part of the earth, pushing the mountains of west Madagascar, which once abutted what is now the coast of Somalia, southwards into the Indian Ocean.

GEO History Europe

The Yanks Are Coming

As Britain fought for its survival during World War II, a team of American oil drillers found themselves on their way across the Atlantic to help the war effort. They became known as the 'roughnecks of Sherwood Forest'.

Q&A North West Europe

Promoting the UKCS

The UK Oil and Gas Authority was recently set up as the regulator for both onshore and offshore oil and gas operations in the United Kingdom. Director of Exploration, Production and Decommissioning, Gunther Newcombe, tells us about its work and aims.

Editor's Patch Africa

Bucking the Trend

Exploration discoveries are at their lowest ebb for 70 years but one continent seems to be bucking the trend. Since 2015, nine of the biggest global discoveries have been in Africa.

Exploration Europe

The ‘Gatwick Gusher’ - Fact or Fiction?

The Horse Hill discovery in England lies in an area considered rich in hydrocarbons but which has been ignored for decades. With the help of geologist Chris Pullan we look at the facts behind this new and much talked about discovery.

GEO Tourism The Arctic

A World of Drifting Ice

Ilulissat Icefjord in western Greenland offers a unique view of a scenic landscape that demonstrates active glaciological processes, where majestic icebergs calve into the fjord and out to sea.

GEO Media Worldwide

Fundamentals of Reservoir Understanding

An industry tendency to resort to overly complicated modelling and simulation software is being challenged in the existing low oil-price environment. Some are now utilising low-cost solutions, highlighting the fundamentals of reservoir theory and returning to proven analytical tools.