Vol. 3, No. 1


GEO Physics Worldwide

Improving Seismic Quality

The advent of the individually steerable streamer has lead to the development of WesternGeco’s ‘Over/Under’ seismic recording technique, resulting in a dramatic improvement in seismic quality and the ability to visualise sub-salt and sub-basalt.

Editorials Europe

Incredibly Cheap

A total of 45 production licenses were just recently awarded in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf. The companies have been offered participating interests in 73 blocks or parts of blocks, and 26 companies – including a few of the supermajors – have in this way expanded their acreage portifolio in the North Sea and on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea.

GEO Tourism North America

Cretaceous Park

Glacial meltwater and subaerial erosion after the ice age has sculptured a badlands landscape within Upper Cretaceous clastic sedimentary rocks. Abundant dinosaur fossil bones and skeletons have been exposed making the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Canada the richest dinosaur locality in the world.

Hot Spot The Arctic

Huge volumes left in the ground

The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is not likely to be exploited for hydrocarbons in the near future. Nevertheless, this geological province is referred to as the "nation’s single greatest onshore prospect for oil".

Country Profile Middle East

Iraq: Targeting Giants in Kurdistan

Oil is flowing to the surface in several seeps within the license area, and nearby giant fields have been producing for decades. The well Tawke # 1 is certainly being drilled in a proven petroleum province, and the first well by a foreign company in Kurdistan is now testing a huge structure delineated by modern seismic data.

Reservoir Management Europe

Managing the future

History-matching of reservoir simulation models,meaning adjusting and optimising the simulation model based on observed production data, has been a complex and time consuming task for the industry for years.

Global Resource Management North America

Storming the Ivory Tower

The oil shock of 1973 transformed the global energy picture. As lines of automobiles snaked down the street awaiting their turn at the pumps,the realization dawned that plentiful, cheap energy was not something to be taken for granted. Many governments and leaders in the petroleum industry began asking scientific questions about fossil energy and alternative energy sources. And it is to this environment that the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah traces its roots.