Vol. 18, No. 3

This issue of GEO ExPro focuses on Europe; Robotics and Automation; Unconventional Resources and the Energy Transition.

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update: Private Equity Firms Drive UK Oil and Gas Activity

8 Licensing Update: Angola’s ANPG Promotes Onshore Exploration

10 A Minute to Read

30 Energy Transition Update: A Difficult Transition

36 Hot Spot: Australia’s Beetaloo Shale Play - A Rival to the North American
Marcellus Play?

48 GEO Tourism: Dalmatia – Where Karst Meets Coast

52 History of Oil: The Winning of Romanian Oil

56 Exploration: The West of Shetland Petroleum System

60 Exploration: UK Onshore Palaeozoic

70 New Technology: Microbial Magic

78 Exploration Update

80 GEO Media: STRATA – William Smith’s
Geological Maps

82 Q&A: Susan Nash: Unconventionals in the US – What Next?

84 FlowBack: Making a Date with the Data


14 Exploration: Unconventionals in

20 Seismic Foldout: Multi-Azimuth
Dataset Delivers Accurate Lead
Characterisation, South Viking Graben,

26 Cover Story: Wild Roving with Percy

32 Geophysics: Seabed Mineral

38 New Technology: Robots on the

42 Seismic Foldout: UK Continental Shelf -
An Evolution in 3D Seismic Imaging of
the Central North Sea

64 Seismic Foldout: What Does It Mean
When Bottom Simulating Reflectors
Are Black Swans?

74 Energy Transition: Geothermal Energy


Exploration Europe

UK Onshore Palaeozoic

This article, from the second of our joint GEO ExPro student competition winners, focuses on overlooked onshore UK oil and gas prospectivity.

Editorials Worldwide

Making a Date with the Data

Whether you’re trying to monetise climate risk or find new ways to extend the life of offshore oil and gas assets, getting access to usable data is a vital part of the equation. It’s also key to an industry in transition.

GEO Tourism Europe

Dalmatia: Where Karst Meets Coast

This famously beautiful Mediterranean coastline stretching between Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor north-west to Croatia’s Rab island, features craggy mountains, rugged islands in an azure sea, and waterfalls tumbling over travertine into emerald pools.

Editorials Worldwide

Environmental Monitoring from Space

This year, Capterio launched their free-to-download flare-tracking application (FlareIntel), and CGG their new monitoring solution that provides sea surface slick intelligence data (SeaScope).

Editorials Asia

Will China Shale Gas Attract?

A 2013 US EIA study estimated China held the world’s largest shale gas resources at over 1,160 Tcf. However, due to high exploration and production costs the sector has not met its growth expectations.

Exploration South America

Unconventional Oil and Gas in Mexico

Mexico’s Tampico-Misantla Basin is potentially one of the richest unconventional oil and gas resources in the world. The development of these resources could significantly increase Mexico’s daily production of oil and gas, and bring in enough income to rejuvenate the national oil company, PEMEX, and help get the economy back on its feet.

Exploration Europe

The West of Shetland Petroleum System

Is it that complex? While aspects of the geological evolution may still be complex, the distribution of phase (oil vs gas) is not and can be accounted for by the expected physical behaviour of petroleum in the subsurface. We discuss maturity, phase and the 'critical moment' in more detail in this article.

Exploration South America

Oil Discovery Offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil and partners Hess and CNOOC made another oil discovery offshore Guyana; encountering 36.7m of oil in Cretaceous sandstones in the Uaru-2 wildcat well on the prolific Stabroek Block.

Editorials Worldwide

Are Friends Electric?

Automation is an area of rapid development in many industries, and it is becoming increasingly popular in the exploration and exploitation of resources and the broader geosciences.

Editorials Worldwide

GEO ExPro Vol. 18, No. 3 Out Now!

Geoscience magazine GEO ExPro Vol. 18, No. 3 is now available for download. This issue of GEO ExPro focuses on Europe; Robotics and Automation; Unconventional Resources and the Energy Transition.