The extremes in landscape that characterize Death Valley National Park yield striking landforms, dramatic and colorful scenery, and underlying geologic mystery.
Vol. 4, No. 6
While seismic is still seismic, Controlled Source electroMagnetic (CSeM) diversifies into several types of competing technologies.
In today’s digital oilfield, bringing geologists into the workflow with geophysicists and reservoir engineers is vital to maximise the potential of every well.
“If governments around the world stick with existing policies – the underlying premise of the World Energy Outlook Reference Scenario – the world’s energy needs would be well over 50% higher in 2030 than today,” according to the World Energy Outlook (WOE), published recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) aims to capture people’s imagination with the exciting knowledge we possess about our planet, and to see that knowledge used more effectively to make the Earth a safer, healthier, and wealthier place for our children and grandchildren. That could be achieved by building on the knowledge accumulated by the world’s approximately 400,000 Earth scientists and is expressed by the IYPE subtitle: ‘Earth Science for Society’.
Following a 25 year break, the labrador Shelf offshore Canada is now again available for licensing.
In September, 2006, Dr. Mark Myers was appointed the Director of the United States Geological Survey. Will oil prices approaching 100 dollars per barrel and his strong background in petroleum geology mean a new direction for the Survey?
WesternGeco, along with a whole range of other seismic companies, is taking advantage of a dynamic marketplace. We have talked to Dalton Boutte, president of WesternGeco, about current and future trends in the geophysical industry.
Oil exploration in Australia has been fraught with disappointments in a relentless land, but onshore basins such as the Cooper Basin can still yield surprises.
A team from Aberdeen University have developed a method of generating simulated wireline logs with the potential to produce real-time wellsite data, reducing costs and supplementing conventional data.
Seismic monitoring is an important technology in the effective exploitation of reservoirs in existing fields. The successful further uptake of 4D technology requires extensive training of dedicated personnel, while the biggest challenge in 4D technology development is to produce high vertical resolution 4D images of production.
Exploration interest in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico is at an all time high following the discovery, in 2001, of thick Paleogene submarine turbidite sands in the Baha #2 well. This ‘Wilcox’ sand play has now expanded across most of the deepwater and is the main reservoir target. These reservoir targets are typically 3 and 4 way structural closures, obscured by a thick allochthonous salt canopy and cored by deep allochthonous salt.
Producing energy from rock that burns is entering into a new research and development phase. Can these processes now in the experimental stages unlock some of oil shale’s enormous potential?