Vol. 16, No. 5

This edition of GEO ExPro focuses on Africa and the Middle East; Carbonate Reservoirs; New Technologies; and Business Models.

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update

8 Licensing Update

10 A Minute to Read

18 Hot Spot: Oil Bonanza in Guyana

34 Recent Advances in Technology: Arrhenius to CO2 Storage – Part IV

48 Technology: Bringing the Outcrop to Your Desk

58 Technology: New Technologies Through Collaboration

74 Exploration: Exploring the Last Frontier Offshore South Gabon

78 Exploration Update

80 GEO Media: Billions at Play

82 Q&A: Developments in the Marine Seismic Business

84 FlowBack: The Carbon Capture Conundrum


14 Cover Story Exploration: Namibia in the Spotlight Again

20 Seismic Foldout: North Gabon Sub-Salt Trend

26 Industry Issues: Look Under a Different Rock!

30 Exploration: Shale Plays of the Middle East

38 GEO Profile: Maggy Shino – Championing Namibia

42 Seismic Foldout: Côte d’Ivoire – Regional Understanding to Unlock Potential

50 Geology: Are Carbonates ‘Difficult’?

54 GEO Tourism: The Master Sculptor: The Dead Sea Transform

60 Exploration: What is a Super Basin?

64 Seismic Foldout: The MSGBC Basin – Aiding The Next Steps in Exploration

70 Country Profile: The Comoros Islands


GEO Tourism Middle East

The Dead Sea Transform

Strike-slip motion – with a dash of divergence – along the Dead Sea transform fault has created a rugged landscape of arid, cliff-girt plateaus towering above the Dead Sea, the lowest exposed point on Earth.

Geology Worldwide

Are Carbonate Reservoirs ‘Difficult’?

Up to 60% of the world’s conventional petroleum is reservoired in carbonate rocks – but they are often regarded with apprehension by the industry.

Energy Transition Worldwide

The Carbon Capture Conundrum

Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage will continue to need a kick-start, from the chilly depths of the North Sea to the heat of Texas. Ultimately capturing carbon will have to be cheaper than not capturing it.

Exploration Middle East

Shale Plays of the Middle East

The Middle East is best known for its conventional oil and gas reserves, which have been a critical part of the world’s supply for nearly a century. Could the US shale revolution be transferred to the Middle East? Maybe – but geology is not the only factor in the shale revolution.

Exploration Africa

The Hydrocarbon Potential of Onshore Namibia

This year Namibia has again moved into the spotlight as major oil companies increased their presence along the Namibian margin, with plenty of onshore hydrocarbon potential just waiting for adventurous explorers.

Hot Spot South America

Oil Jackpot in Guyana

With 14 oil discoveries adding up to an estimated six billion barrels of recoverable oil over the last two years in just one block (Stabroek), offshore Guyana is proving to have quite a promising outlook for hydrocarbon production.

Editorials Worldwide

GEO ExPro Vol. 16, No. 5 Out Now!

Geoscience magazine GEO ExPro Vol. 16, No. 5 is available for download. This edition of GEO ExPro focuses on Africa and the Middle East; Carbonate Reservoirs; New Technologies; and Business Models.