Vol. 19, No. 3

This issue of GEO ExPro focuses on North America and Europe; Unconventional Resources; Carbon Capture and Storage.

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5 Editorial

6 Regional Update: UK Unconventionals

8 Licensing Update: Reversal in Alaska

10 A Minute to Read

15 GEO Tourism: Mountains, Minerals and Magma along North America’s Largest Rift

26 HotSpot: Gas Renaissance in Europe

28 Technology Explained: Artificial Intelligence – Its Use in Exploration and Production: Part 3

36 Reservoir Management: Evaluating Fluid Drainage Dynamics in Resource Plays

38 Geophysics: Seeing the Whole Picture

60 Technology Explained: From Arrhenius to CO₂ Storage – Part XVI

70 Energy Transition Update: What is the U in CCUS?


20 Seismic Foldout: Accurate Reservoir Attributes Delivered with GeoStreamer X in the South Viking Graben, Norway

31 Cover Story: CCS in Scandinavia

42 Seismic Foldout: New Life for the Extended Orange Basin

48 Palaeontology: Jurassic Deep-Sea Fishing

52 History of Oil: A Time for Reflection

56 Planetary Geology: The Artemis Project

64 Seismic Foldout: A New Arcadia: Seismic Acceleration of the Nova Scotian Margin

74 Exploration: California Dreaming

79 Exploration Update

81 GEO Gear: The Geologist’s Hammer

84 FlowBack: Keeping Disruption at Bay


Seismic Foldouts Africa

The Orange Basin - An Underexplored Oil Giant?

The recent Venus and Graff oil discoveries have renewed interest in the prospectivity of the Orange Basin, offshore Namibia and South Africa; calibrating the deepwater source rock story and helping to guide the identification of analogues along the margin.

Geology Europe

Jurassic Deep-Sea Fishing

With the recent unveiling of the statue to commemorate Mary Anning, it felt fitting that this fourth article in the palaeontology series touched upon some of the great marine reptiles that she was famed for discovering – the apex predators of the Jurassic seas!

Editorials Europe

Keeping Disruption at Bay

Vagit Alekperov warns that there is a risk of global oil and gas supply shortages in just five years if the current trend of limiting industry investment persists.

Energy Transition Worldwide

What is the U in CCUS?

The U in CCUS stands for utilisation or usage, in which, instead of storing captured CO2, it is reused, ideally in ways that lock the carbon into the resultant material. But what are the climate benefits of CCUS?

Seismic Foldouts Europe

Accurate Reservoir Attributes Delivered with GeoStreamer X in the South Viking Graben, Norway

GeoStreamer X is an integrated broadband multi-azimuth acquisition and state-of-the-art depth imaging solution. Here, we demonstrate the suitability of the dataset for reservoir evaluation by delineating near-field exploration opportunities and providing better trap and reservoir understanding in the South Viking Graben, Norway.

Exploration North America

Reversal in Alaska

The Bureau of Land Management announced on April 25 that the US administration under President Biden is removing almost 50% of the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) from oil and gas exploration.

Hot Spot Europe

Gas Renaissance in Europe

The drive for gas development gathers momentum, as increased energy prices spur on investment; conflict and political instability encourage domestic supply priorities; and post-pandemic macro-economic demands counter global warming hysteria