Vol. 18, No. 6

This issue of GEO ExPro focuses on The Gulf of Mexico; Russia and the FSU; Non-Seismic Geophysics and Carbon Capture, Storage and Usage

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update: Caspian Sea

8 Licensing Update: Gulf of Mexico: The Wind of Change

10 A Minute to Read

12 Industry Issues: The Bear in the Room

26 Energy Transition Update: A Carbon-Free Russia: Barriers and Opportunities

36 Hot Spot: Timor-Leste: Exploration Renaissance

38 Geology: Delivering a Geological Service for Europe

55 Palaeontology

70 Recent Advances In Technology: From Arrhenius to CO₂ Storage – Part XIII

78 Exploration Update

79 GEO Media: Ammonite: A Missed Opportunity

82 Industry Issues: The Need for Joined-up Thinking to Optimise Use of the North Sea to Achieve Net Zero Targets

84 FlowBack: Good COP, Cleaner Fossil?


15 Energy Transition: A Sleeping Giant

20 Seismic Foldout: Offshore Colombia: Discovering New Value in Legacy Data Using Modern Workflows

30 GEO Education: Big Questions and Challenges in Geoscience

42 Seismic Foldout: A Story of Oil Exploration in the Rainforests of Peru

48 Exploration: Natural Gas: Underexplored in Bangladesh?

52 History of Oil: Mexico: Onshore to Offshore

59 Cover Story: Vintage Maps Reborn

64 Farm-out Foldout: NE Mongolia (Tamtsag Basin) Block XX Exploitation Licence

74 GEO Physics: Gradiometry – The New Standard


Energy Transition Worldwide

GEO ExPro Launches Energy Transition Homepage

As the energy transition continues to evolve and expand, we are delighted to announce the launch of our Energy Transition Homepage where we will present articles and insight into this complex issue which surely is the major challenge facing us all in the 21st century.

Uncategorised Worldwide

The Incredible World of Fossils

GEO ExPro is running a new series of fascinating articles on fossils. Avid collector James Etienne kicks things off with an introduction to this captivating hobby and field of serious scientific study.

Energy Transition Europe

Delivering a Geological Service for Europe

It is a misconception that abandoning fossil fuels reduces the importance of the subsurface – whilst the use of it will materially change, it continues to play a crucial role in every aspect of human life.

GEO History North America

Mexico: Onshore to Offshore

From the 16th-century Spanish conquistadors to modern times, Mexico has been bound to oil. Although no longer in the top ten of the world’s leading producers, shale gas may change this picture in the future.

Seismic Foldouts South America

A Story of Oil Exploration in the Rainforests of Peru

The heroic story of Peru’s first oil discovery east of the Andes and the passion and determination of the entrepreneurs who made this happen has been brilliantly captured by Simon Lunn in his book Agua Caliente published by Amazon.

Exploration North America

Gulf of Mexico: The Wind of Change

The Biden–Harris administration is continuing its comprehensive review of the offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing programmes in the Gulf of Mexico, with more environmental, social and governance (ESG) pressure expected to be applied on hydrocarbon explorers.

Editorials Worldwide

Robots on the Seabed Advance

In October, Blue Ocean Seismic Services, a UK-based pioneer of autonomous robotic seismic nodes, successfully completed a series of acquisition trials in the North Sea.

Editorials Worldwide

GEO ExPro Vol. 18, Issue No. 6 Out Now!

Geoscience magazine GEO ExPro Vol. 18, No. 5 is now available for download. This issue of GEO ExPro focuses on The Gulf of Mexico; Russia and the FSU; Non-Seismic Geophysics and Carbon Capture, Storage and Usage.

Editorials Worldwide

Aspects of Transition

In this short editorial, GEO ExPro Editor in Chief Iain Brown talks briefly on the different aspects of the energy transition, COP 26, palaeontology and introduces the latest edition of the magazine (Vol. 18, No. 6).