Vol. 5, No. 1


GEO Profile Middle East

ExProProfile: Mohamed Al Harthy

Mohamed Al Harthy, one of the first generation of Omani petroleum geologists and a pivotal member of the rapidly growing Geological Society of Oman, has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for geology, retained as he has risen through the ranks of Petroleum Development Oman.

Country Profile Asia

The New China

New leadership, new roads, expanding cities, new found wealth and freedom are bringing dramatic changes to China’s countryside and its people. Has this also brought with it new opportunities in the energy sector?

Giant Fields Africa

The Raven Field: Planning For Success

The Raven Field in the Nile Delta, discovered in 2004, has proved the window to a major new play in this prolific geological province and has de-risked a significant volume of Egypt’s yet-to-find hydrocarbons.

Q&A Europe

Q and A: Still Much to Discover

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), responsible for resource management on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, has a new boss who is also a geologist by profession. We talked to Director General Bente Nyland about the future of this huge geological province.

GEO Tourism Europe

Bjørnøya - a Window into the Barents Shelf

By combining this information with our present geophysical understanding of the area, it may be possible to give more refined prognoses of the subsurface development and economic potential of analogous structures in this extensive but still little explored hydrocarbon province.

GEO Tourism Middle East

Where Wise Birds Stay Awhile

Standing on the bird migration highway between Europe and Africa, this jewel of an island offers more than a supreme ‘twitching’ experience. Qeshm aims to be a major ecotourism destination as well as an upstream player.

Reservoir Management Europe

Pyrenees Hold Clues to Fractured Carbonate Reservoir

Faults and fractures are often an important factor in determining hydrocarbon storage capacity and productivity in reservoirs such as tight carbonates, quartzites and basements. The use of reservoir analogues such as those found in Catalonia in north-east Spain can be key to the interpretation of fractured carbonates reservoirs in the Middle East and elsewhere.

GEO Science Explained Worldwide

Low-frequency Seismic Noise: The Music of Oil?

Passive low-frequency seismic is an area of active research and development, and is rapidly being taken up as a new direct hydrocarbon indicator (DHI) technique for exploration. The interest in the method is high, in particular since Spectraseis AG, the leading provider of low-frequency geophysical solutions to the oil and gas industry won the World Oil Award for Best Exploration Technology in October 2007. However, despite the empirical evidence supporting the technique, the underlying physical mechanism has not yet been fully identified.