Vol. 17, No. 1

This edition of GEO ExPro focuses on the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean; Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence; and Reservoir Management.

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update: Egypt - A New Regional Hub?

8 Licensing Update: Timor-Leste

10 A Minute to Read

30 Hot Spot: Empires of Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

42 Recent Advances in Technology: From Arrhenius to CO2 Storage – Part VI

56 Reservoir Management: Revolutionising the Prediction of Reservoir Performance

68 Exploration Update

70 Q&A: The Saudi Aramco IPO

72 FlowBack: The Africa Factor


14 Cover Story: Industry Issues: Pangea III: At the Heart of E&P

18 Industry Issues: Teaching the Machines

22 Country Profile: Ras Al Khaimah – Great Hydrocarbon Potential

26 Reservoir Management: AI and Petroleum System Risk Assessment

32 GEO Profile: Bernard Duval – Vive L’Aventure!

36 Seismic Foldout: Maximus Survey: Opportunities in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

46 Industry Issues: Comprehending Climate Complexities

50 GEO Tourism: Oman’s Musandam Peninsula – Geodynamic and Geopolitical Nexus

58 History of Oil: The Land That Oil Forgot – Palestine, 1913–1948

62 Reservoir Management: Salt Biostratigraphy – An Untapped Source of Data?

66 Obituary: Ken Glennie − The Passing of a Legend


Industry Issues Worldwide

Comprehending Climate Complexities

The Global and European Calculators are tools that can be used for both exploring the future of our climate and working out what can be done about it, helping us better understand climate complexities.

Q&A Middle East

What is the Saudi Aramco IPO?

Saudi Arabia’s leadership recently floated part of its giant state oil company, Saudi Aramco, on the Saudi stock exchange, selling shares in what was the biggest IPO (Initial Public Offering) in history. We talk to Dr Ellen Wald, author of Saudi Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power, about the importance of the Saudi Aramco IPO to the oil and gas industry.

GEO Profile Worldwide

Bernard Duval: Vive L’Aventure!

According to Bernard Duval, geologists are the happiest people around because “we have fun!” He tells us about his long and illustrious career in oil and gas exploration, for which he was awarded the AAPG Distinguished Achievement Award in 1995.

Exploration Africa

Egypt: A New Regional LNG Hub?

Egypt became a net importer of LNG in 2015. However, the country announced its intention to cease imports and begin exporting LNG through its main LNG terminal at Damietta in 2020.

Exploration Asia

Timor-Leste: 2nd Oil and Gas Licensing Round

In October 2019 the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) launched the county’s second licensing round, releasing a total of 18 new blocks for public tender, covering a large percentage of the total on and offshore area of the country.