Vol. 8, No. 5

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on Europe and Exploration

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5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Update

18 A Minute to Read

28 GeoProfile: Kitty Hall

32 Giant Fields: Avaldsnes – A World Class Discovery

42 Recent Advances in Technology: Seismic Sources and Fish II

52 GeoTourism: Sabah – A Turbidite Paradise

74 History of Oil: CGGVeritas – 80 Years of Discovery

84 GeoCities: Anchorage

86 Exploration Update

88 Geomedia: Petroleum Geoscience

90 Q&A: Prospex – All About Deals and Networking

92 Hot Spot: Albertine Graben, Uganda

94 Global Resource Management


22 Cover Story: Geoscience Explained – Following the Oil Through Time

36 Seismic Foldout 1: Improved Imaging in Baffin Bay

48 Exploration: New Opportunities in the North Sea

58 Seismic Foldout 2: Unlocking the Potential of the Seychelles

64 Geoscience Explained: Sequence Stratigraphy – The Ups and Downs of Sea Level

70 Technology: Integrating the Tool Box

80 Exploration: How Can We Explore the Russian Arctic?


Hot Spot Africa

Uganda: Key to Future Hotspots in Landlocked Africa?

The East African Rift System is now one of the world’s ‘exploration hotspots’, potentially just as significant for landlocked Africa and its underexplored rift systems as the Barnett Shale in Texas was to the birth of unconventional shale gas in North America.

GEO Media Worldwide

A Comprehensive Introduction

This textbook has lots of information of great value to petroleum geoscientists, both students and professionals. It would have been even better with more examples from modern oil and gas fields.

GEO Tourism Asia

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: A Turbidite Paradise

Kota Kinabalu, the largest town in Sabah, Borneo, is a rapidly developing urban centre and a tourist attraction in South East Asia. To the geologist, this part of Sabah is also renowned for its outcrops of turbidites. These Oligocene deepwater sediments are among the most sand-rich turbidite outcrops in the world.

GEO History Worldwide

80 Years of Discovery

Having just celebrated its 80th anniversary, CGGVeritas is one of the longest established service companies in the oil industry, and now employs over 7,200 people in 70 countries.

GEO Science Explained Worldwide

Integrating the Tool Box

NEOS GeoSolutions integrates a wide range of geophysical and geological information to produce new 3D models of the earth’s surface, with the aim of helping exploration companies make faster, more informed decisions with less risk.

Editorials Europe

Surprise! A Giant New Field

The oil industry is full of surprises. One of the biggest this year has been the discovery of a giant field, not in a new frontier, but in that well-worn old area – the Norwegian North Sea.

GEO Profile Worldwide

Inspired by Technology

Technology take-up and looking for new ways of doing things has been the driving force for Kitty Hall, one of only a handful of female CEOs in the world of geophysics.

Giant Fields Europe

A World Class Discovery

The first oil was sampled in September last year. It took several wells and one full year of detailed analyses to prove that the discovery may contain more than 2.6 billion barrels of oil.

GEO Science Explained Worldwide

Following the Oil Through Time

Four-D petroleum system modelling allows an explorationist to understand the movement of hydrocarbons from an active source rock to a fluid’s final destination in the basin, ultimately helping to reduce exploration risk.

Seismic Foldouts North America

Improved Imaging in Baffin Bay: Learning from Experience

TGS’ processing of Baffin Bay 2D seismic data employs innovative techniques already proven in the Atlantic Margin and has enabled TGS to launch a 31,000 km reprocessing initiative. The reprocessed data will provide a tool to enable interpreters to produce meaningful correlation in these frontier basins.

Q&A Worldwide

PROSPEX: It’s All About Deals & Networking

<strong>Mike Bowman</strong>, Head of Geoscience for BP until 2010, and now Professor of Development and Production Geology at Manchester University, is President-Elect of the UK-based PESGB (Petroleum Society of Great Britain) and Chairman of PROSPEX, which will be held in London in December. We talk to him about this prospects fair – and whether there are too many events to attend in the industry now.