Vol. 7, No. 2

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5 Editorial

8 ExPro Update

16 A Minute to Read

32 Recent Advances in Technology

44 History of oil: Sarawak

50 Geotourism: Cornwall

56 Energy Statistics: Provided by Rystad Energy

58 Global Exploration Update

60 Q&A

62 Hot Spot

64 Global Resource Management: Iraq


20 Sourcing an Oil Boom

26 Kurdistan: Safe and Secure, with Billion Barrel Prospects

36 SEISMIC FOLDOUT: Australia’s Bight Basin

39 Hidden assets in South Australia


Editorials Worldwide

Shooting Seismic Does not Kill Fish

“Sound waves from seismic data acquisition resulted in increased catches for some species and smaller catches for others.” To me, that sounds a bit inconclusive, but it is still the main result from research done on an important fishing ground and a frontier exploration province offshore Norway during the summer of 2009.

GEO History Asia

Miri 1910

In 1910, now 100 years ago, the Shell/Royal Dutch Group drilled the first discovery well in Miri, Sarawak. This oil discovery changed the face of Miri from a small fishery village into a modern city. But it took a lot more than luck to find and produce Sarawak’s only onshore oil field.

Q&A Worldwide

Understanding Our Energy Future

Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world extensively, speaking on his favorite subjects; global energy, the environment, the economy and education. Now, he is making a feature length documentary on global energy with the working title “The Bridge” and was kind enough to give us a sneak preview.

Exploration North America

Sourcing an Oil Boom

Underlying an area approximately the size of France, the Bakken Formation oil reservoir keeps expanding into what has become North America’s hottest onshore oil play.

GEO Tourism Europe

Cornwall’s Geological Treasures

“Land’s End”: is there a more evocative place name in the world? A visit to England’s furthest south-west corner reveals a land of extremes, with a wildly beautiful coast, picturesque coves, bleak granite moorlands, and some unusual and fascinating rocks.