Vol. 9, No. 4

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on South East Asia and New Technologies

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5 Editorial

6 Update

14 Market Update

16 A Minute to Read

42 Recent Advances in Technology: Gas Hydrates II

46 GEO Tourism: The Forest of Dean

84 History of Oil: Bahrain – 80 Years Producing

92 GEO Cities: Singapore

94 Exploration Update

96 GEO Media: The Sight and Sound of Oil

98 Q&A: PETEX Spreads Its Wings

100 Hot Spot: Sri Lanka

102 Global Resource ManagementThis edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on South East Asia and New Technologies


20 Cover Story: Borneo’s Petroleum Plays

26 Geophysics: Advances in Central Asia

30 Technology: The Age of Uncertainty

36 Seismic Foldout: Zeebries, North West Shelf, Australia

52 Technology Explained: Tabletop Visualization

56 Exploration: New Insights into the Browse Basin

60 Industry Issues: The Impact of the Arab Spring

66 Exploration: South East Asia – Looking to the Future

70 Reservoir Management: Reservoir Dynamics and the New Geophysics

74 Seismic Foldout: Deepwater Fans, Offshore East Africa

80 Technology Explained: Advancing Operational Efficiency

88 Industry Issues: Communication is Crucial


Q&A Europe

PETEX - Spreads Its Wings

PETEX, the biennial London conference and exhibition organized by the Petroleum Society of Great Britain to celebrate the oil and gas industry, will be held between 20 and 22 November this year at Earls Court. We talk to Dr. Oliver Quinn, Conference Chair, about the conference and find out what special events are planned for this year.

Exploration Worldwide

A Minute to Read

EM Survey North of Shetlands, Challenges and Opportunities, Onshore Canning Basin Reprocessing, 1,000 Fugro Surveying Courses, Third European Shale Gas Conference, Improving Reservoir Evaluation

GEO Science Explained Worldwide

Advancing Operational Efficiency

Halliburton fracs more wells than any other company. It is therefore hardly surprising that a Halliburton company, Landmark, is developing cutting edge tools to optimize the drilling of successful wells in unconventional reservoirs.

Seismic Foldouts Africa

Deepwater Fans Across a Transform Margin, Offshore East Africa

East Africa has undergone extension since the Neogene, as reflected in its spectacular and famous rift system. The eastern branch links to currently active structures in the coastal region, and thus is imaged in the SPAN surveys. Associated uplift of East Africa created an impressive plateau that furnished copious amounts of sediment to the coastal basins via several world-class rivers. The result was widespread deepwater fan complexes developing down slope from the major deltaic influx.

Exploration Asia

Borneo’s Petroleum Plays

Borneo, the world’s third largest island, has lush tropical forests, rich wildlife, coral reefs, and fascinating tribal cultures. It also has classical petroleum basins characterized by vast deltaic sediments and carbonate platforms which continue to make this region an attractive source of energy for the populous Asian markets.

Exploration Australasia

New Insights into the Browse Basin

Despite recent drilling success, the Browse Basin remains relatively underexplored, and imaging and mapping of the deeper horizons presents challenges to conventional seismic.

Recent Advances in Technology Worldwide

Gas Hydrates - Part II: Rock Physics, an Introduction

Most oceanic gas hydrates are mapped using seismic data. How much do key seismic parameters vary from a hydrate rock to a water-saturated rock? Should the hydrate be considered as part of pore fluid fill or a part of the rock itself? To answer such questions, we need to understand the rock physics of sediments containing gas hydrates.

GEO Science Explained Asia

Central Asia: Cutting Edge Technology in Frontier Exploration

Central Asia represents an exciting frontier for oil exploration, from sub-salt to sub-thrust exploration. The region remains a hive of activity, boasting some of the largest oil and gas fields in the world, including Yolotan (Turkmenistan), Gazli (Uzbekistan) and Karachaganak (Kazakhstan). The implementation of new technology has revealed significant new potential in the Amu-Darya, Ustyurt and Afghan- Tajik Basins.

Exploration Australasia

New Zealand Bidding Round Opens

The government of New Zealand recently opened its annual bidding round for oil and gas exploration permits; between June 8 and October 15, 2012, bids from petroleum exploration and production companies are invited for competitive assessment.

Editorials Worldwide

The Search Must Continue

While many efforts are being made throughout the world to make energy use more efficient and sustainable, the increase in demand will have to be matched at least in part by an increase in supply – and the hydrocarbon industry will have to keep searching and developing technologies to help achieve that growth.