Vol. 16, No. 4

This edition of GEO ExPro focuses on South America and Deepwater Exploration; Interpretation Software; the Energy Transition.

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update

8 Licensing Update

10 A Minute to Read

18 Hot Spot: Latin America: From Shallow Shelf to Deepwater

26 Technology Explained: The Future of Exploration

28 Exploration: The Pre-Salt Reservoirs of the South Atlantic

32 Industry Issues: The Oil Industry and Public Perception

34 GEO Education: Evolving the Future Workforce

48 Recent Advances in Technology: From Arrhenius to CO2 Storage – Part III

52 Technology Explained: Anomalies Indicate Potential

60 GEO Tourism: Oil Paves the Way in Trinidad

70 Industry Issues: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa

82 Q&A: Transformative Technologies

84 FlowBack: The Value of Satellite Data


14 Cover Story: History of Oil: Vaca Muerta – How a Source Became a Reservoir

20 Seismic Foldout: Deepwater Santos Basin

38 Industry Issues: Digital Solutions Across the Energy Value Chain

42 Seismic Foldout: Bid Round Treasures Exposed by Ocean Currents

56 Exploration: South Atlantic – The Bigger Picture

64 Seismic Foldout: The Zambezi Delta Basin – A Complex Puzzle

72 GEO Education: From Outcrop Geology to Seismic… and Back!

78 Technology Explained: Virtual Drilling


Technology Explained Worldwide

Virtual Drilling for Liquid Hydrocarbons

A novel seismic DHI technology using resonance and dispersion to indicate for liquid hydrocarbons is making inroads in the E&P industry, successfully identifying oil and predicting dry wells. Could this find the pot of black gold at the end of the rainbow?

Exploration South America

A Closer Look at the Hydrocarbon Plays of the South Atlantic

The timing of continental extension relative to salt deposition and the impact of pre-salt faulting is critical to reservoir formation and exploration success in the South Atlantic. Major advances in broadband seismic data processing offer clearer imaging, allowing a closer look at the elements of the prolific plays and their tectono-stratigraphic boundary conditions.