GEO ExPro

Vol. 19, No. 1

This issue of GEO ExPro focuses on South America; Sustainability and the Environment; Seismic Interpretation; Increasing Efficiency in E&P.

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Columns

5 Editorial

6 Regional Update: South America and Caribbean

8 Licensing Update: South America – Licensing Slows

10 A Minute to Read

30 Energy Transition Update: Brazil: Losing its Way

32 Global Resource Management: Critical Minerals for Electric Vehicles

36 HotSpot: Global Wildcatting – Going with the Flow

38 GEO Education: Master's Meltdown or New Dawn?

52 Recent Advances in Technology: From Arrhenius to CO₂ Storage – Part XIV

56 Technology Explained: AI – Its Use in Exploration and Production

60 Energy Transition: Palynology Reinvented

70 Exploration Update

72 GEO Media: Rock Doctor

73 Q&A: Sophie Zurquiyah – Repositioning CGG for the Transition

76 FlowBack: Oiling the Culture Wars

Features

15 Cover Story: GEO Tourism: Exploring the Heartland of the Incan Empire

20 Seismic Foldout: Offshore Oman: Stunning Hydrocarbon Geology from a Closing Ocean

26 Palaeontology: “Land Plants Didn’t Evolve Until the Silurian!”

42 Seismic Foldout: Unifying Offshore Brazil: From the Abimael Propagator to the Abrolhos Islands

48 GEO Physics: A Clearer Vision with Seismic Inversion

64 Energy Opportunity Foldout: Offshore Jamaica

Articles

GEO Physics Europe

A Clearer Vision with Seismic Inversion

Defining a new Upper Cretaceous play in the West of Shetland using seismic inversion.

GEO Education Europe

Master's Meltdown or New Dawn?

The future of Master's training in energy geoscience in the UK. Is there a strategy to attract and train new geoscientists and engineers, or are we sleepwalking into a looming education crisis?

Editorials North America

Oiling the Culture Wars

Did you know that there are 5,200 oil and gas wells strung out below the busy streets of Los Angeles? Forget for a moment the glitzy Hollywood Hills or the J Paul Getty Museum, this is an oilman’s urban nirvana – or was.

Seismic Foldouts Middle East

Offshore Oman: Stunning Hydrocarbon Geology from a Closing Ocean

The Offshore Oman Sea lies east of obducted Oceanic crust, yet has a vast sedimentary sequence of Jurassic to recent clastics and carbonates that remains virtually unexplored. The Sohar Basin contains extraordinary geological structures and is tantalisingly prospective.

Exploration South America

Regional Update: South America and Caribbean

The region of South America and the Caribbean has had a mixed bag of results in oil and gas in the last 12 months or so. We have seen more world class oil discoveries being made, play openers, a return of bid rounds, and slow progress with deal flow.

Exploration South America

South America - Licensing Slows

South America and the Caribbean is currently seeing less licensing activity, at least partially because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on frontier exploration, which has prompted international oil companies to focus on ILX and advantaged oil.

Exploration Worldwide

Global Wildcatting - Going with the Flow

The extended impact of uncertain oil prices, combined with the Covid-19 pandemic and dwindling investor sentiment for hydrocarbons, have resulted in further delays, and in some cases cancellations, of already delayed wildcat wells.

Editorials Worldwide

GEO ExPro Vol. 19, Issue No. 1 Out Now!

The first edition of 2022 is here, and it’s got a brand new look! GEO ExPro Vol. 19, No. 1 focuses on South America; Sustainability and the Environment; Seismic Interpretation; Increasing Efficiency in E&P.