Vol. 17, No. 5

This edition of GEO ExPro focuses on Africa; Non-Seismic Geophysics; Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation; and the Energy Transition.

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update: A Bleak Year

8 Licensing Update: Norway Surprises

10 A Minute to Read

30 Technology Explained: Egypt’s Buried Secrets

36 Hot Spot: The Hotspot That Keeps On Giving

48 Energy Transition: Geoscience in a Low Carbon Future

52 Energy Transition: Ruminations on CO₂

70 Exploration: A Global Exploration Hotspot

72 GEO Media: Geological Tours of North America’s Wonders

74 Exploration Updat

76 FlowBack


14 Cover Story: Exploration: Underexplored African Source Rocks

20 Seismic Foldout: Kwanza Shelf – New 3D Seismic Imaging

26 GEO Tourism: Sailing Through a Subduction Zone

32 Energy Transition: Hydrogen and CCS in Future Energy

38 GEO Physics: CSEM – Back From the Brink

42 Seismic Foldout: Offshore Somalia Could Reveal an Oily Surprise

56 Exploration: Tantalising Opportunities in Angola

60 Industry Issues: Tackling the Local Content Gap

64 Seismic Foldout: Gabon – Staying Ahead of the Herd


GEO Media North America

Geological Tours of North America’s Wonders

These geologically oriented tours of some of North America’s most iconic landscapes will certainly satisfy the most ardent geoscientist as well as the curious layman in Gary L. Prost's Geological Tours of The World: North America's Natural Wonders (Two Volume Set), published by CRC Press in 2020.

Editorials Worldwide

The End of An Era

After ten years as Editor in Chief of GEO ExPro Magazine, for an impressive 63 issues, Jane Whaley has decided to take a step back, so here is her final Editorial. She is handing over the baton to Iain Brown, our new Editor in Chief, to propel GEO ExPro through what looks to be an exciting future.

Industry Issues Africa

Tackling the Local Content Gap in Africa

E&P companies working in Africa have long faced political pressure to maximise local content, but in today’s Covid world it makes more business sense than ever to localise supply chains, increase the competitiveness of home-grown businesses and thus contribute to sustainable economic development.

Editorials Worldwide

PROSPEX 2020 Goes Virtual

Enjoy keynotes from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Westwood Global Energy and the event partner, Oil & Gas Authority; as well as presentations from companies with exciting prospects and investment opportunities at 2020 PROSPEX Online.

Exploration Africa

Underexplored African Source Rocks

The source possibilities offered by the Cretaceous and Upper Jurassic in coastal East Africa are promising - but seriously underexplored.

GEO Physics Worldwide

Renewed Interest in CSEM in Oil and Gas Exploration

Controlled Source ElectroMagnetic (CSEM) is a proven technique that has a strong future in helping solve certain oil and gas exploration and production challenges, especially when seismic data alone cannot provide a satisfactory answer.

Exploration Africa

Onshore Hydrocarbon Exploration Opportunities in Angola

Angola’s Onshore Kwanza Basin offers an underexplored basin with a world class petroleum system, presenting many oil and gas exploration opportunities for the upcoming Onshore Angola License Round.

Exploration Asia

Gas Discovery Offshore Vietnam

Eni, with partner Essar E&P, has appraised a large gas find with the Ken Bau-2X well in Block 114 of the Song Hong Basin, offshore Vietnam.

Editorials Worldwide

Aiming for Net Zero

Achieving net zero is a complex issue and many companies involved in the oil industry are at pains to explain how they are going to go green.

Q&A Worldwide

Taking Ownership of Your Career in Geosciences

How can professional organizations help young people in the industry? David Eastwell, Europe President of the American Association of Petroleum Geoscientists Young Professionals group (AAPG YP) talks about the advantages of membership, both professionally and personally.

Editorials Worldwide

GEO ExPro Vol. 17, No. 5 Out Now!

Geoscience magazine GEO ExPro Vol. 17, No. 5 is available for download. This edition of GEO ExPro focuses on Africa; Non-Seismic Geophysics; Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation; and the Energy Transition.