Vol. 3, No. 4
By his own admission, prominent geophysicist Dr. M.Turhan Taner, known throughout the industry for his expertise in seismic attributes and seismic velocity computation, entered the field of geophysics by mistake, albeit a lucky one.
"There is no country which possesses so many wonders." So said the Roman Heroditus when he visited Egypt in 420BC, confirming that Egypt has been a magnet for tourists for thousands of years. For the earth scientist, however, there are wonderful treasures to be found in the constantly changing shapes, colours, landscapes and rocks of the desert areas surrounding Cairo and the Nile Valley.
The first oil was extracted from the Gulf of Mexico back in 1938. Since then, 30 billion barrels of oil equivalent have been produced from the US Gulf, but the area is still thought to have huge remaining potential, particularly in the deep and ultra-deep waters.
Flow simulation is the reservoir engineer’s tool of predilection, providing understanding of how fluid flows through the reservoir and how it can optimally be extracted.
When planning future production, new technology that replaces manual history matching of reservoir models represents a key advance for reservoir engineering.
Sea Bed Logging is a new technology that offers the opportunity to detect trapped hydrocarbons in the subsurface prior to drilling. Shell EP has recently conducted a number of very successful data acquisition campaigns throughout the world based on this technology, leading it to substantially expand its use of this technique in the future.
The recent discovery and development of the Covenant oil field by Wolverine Oil & Gas Corporation in the Central Utah fold-and-thrust belt opens a new exploration province in North America, and gives new impetus for research on the geologic structure and evolution of the area.