Vol. 7, No. 6

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5 Editorial

6 ExPro Update

12 Market Update

16 A Minute to Read

42 History of Oil: Exploration in Alaska

46 ExPro Profile: Jim Thompson, Fairfield

62 Recent Advances in Technology: Marine Seismic Sources V

66 GeoTourism: The Deccan Traps

72 Geomedia

74 Exploration Update

76 Q&A

78 Hot Spot: Barmer Basin, NW India

80 Global Resource Management


20 Cover Story: The Next Global Frontier

24 Alternative Technology: Mining Heat

30 Frontier Exploration: Bay of Bengal - Many Possibilities and Challenges Ahead

36 SEISMIC FOLDOUT: NE Greenland Continental Margin

48 Technology: Grabbing a Larger Share of the Market

52 Exploration: Buried Treasure in Jamaica

58 Unconventional Resources: Is the ‘Shale Gale’ blowing Itself Out?


Editorials The Arctic

This Year’s Frontier

The Arctic and the Bay of Bengal are two exciting but very different frontier areas, both suggesting great potential, but offering many challenges to the hydrocarbon industry.

GEO History North America

A Long and Winding Road

The North Slope of Alaska is a cornerstone of US oil production with several giant fields, notably Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk and Endicott, plus extensive heavy oil at Ugnu and West Sak. The generation that discovered these fields is almost gone; what can we learn from their efforts?

GEO Profile Worldwide

Meeting Operational Challenges

Jim Thompson wandered into the oil industry after ‘meeting a guy in a bar’. That chance meeting has led to a rewarding career in the seismic business, progressing from doodle-bugging to heading up operations for Fairfield Nodal.

Technology Explained Europe

Mining Heat

Since the time of the Romans, Cornwall, in the extreme southwest of the UK, has been known for mining minerals, especially tin. Could the future of this region be in mining heat?

Exploration North America

Buried Treasure in Jamaica

The beautiful Caribbean Island of Jamaica was home to pirates and their loot in the past, but is there treasure of a different sort in its sparkling waters? Data collated for a new bid round, due to close in March 2011, suggests that there may well be.

Exploration Asia

Bay of Bengal

Flanked by the young, growing and energy hungry populations of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Bay of Bengal finds itself an increasingly hot property in the search to discover new hydrocarbon reserves.