Vol. 9, No. 6

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on the Americas

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5 Editorial

6 Update

12 Market Update

14 A Minute to Read

30 Recent Advances in Technology: Gas Hydrates IV

54 GEO ExPro Profile: Intisaar Al Kindy – Thriving on Challenges

66 GEO Tourism: Back-Reef to Basin Depths – Guadalupe National Park, USA

72 GEO Education: Know Your Faults II

86 Exploration Update

88 Geomedia: Historical Oil Documentary Films

90 Hot Spot: Brazil’s Sub-Salt Discoveries

92 Q&A: Stimulating Exploration Growth

94 Global Resource Management


18 Cover Story: Geology – The Miocene Monterey Formation

24 Exploration: Polar Pioneers

36 Seismic Foldout: Western Margin of UK Central Graben

42 Exploration: Heavy Oil from an Ancient Reef

48 Exploration: Tectonostratigraphy and Petroleum in the Zagros

58 Seismic Foldout: The North East Greenland Danmarkshavn Basin

64 Exploration: The Permian Basin – A Brief Overview

78 Technology: Making the Impossible, Possible

80 Exploration: The Power of the Portfolio


GEO Education Worldwide

Know Your Faults! Part II

Part II: In the first part of this feature, we looked at the geometric representation and identification of faults. In this concluding article, we review the slip classification, stress orientations and tectonic styles of faults.

Q&A Worldwide

Stimulating Exploration Growth

How can oil companies be encouraged to continue exploring in a mature area like the UK Continental Shelf? John Austin, Managing Director of OMV in the UK and Chairman of the Technical Committee for Prospex 2012, has a few ideas.

Exploration Worldwide

The Power of the Portfolio

Successful exploration begins, of course, with the talented geologists, geophysicists, and engineers who develop leads and prospects, secure funding, and then see their ideas tested. However, another important ingredient of a successful exploration mix is the process that underpins the exploration investment cycle.

Exploration North America

Heavy Oil from an Ancient Reef

New data from the northern terminus of the Leduc reef trend in western Canada shows a karsted carbonate reservoir with exceptionally high porosities and permeabilities and, in places, bitumen-filled caves. This area is a prime prospect for bitumen development and a new technique, thermal assisted gravity drainage, is being used to recover the hydrocarbons.

GEO Profile Middle East

Thriving on Challenges

Intisaar Al Kindy, the first Omani Exploration Director of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for forty years, drifted into geology almost by accident – but it proved to be a lucky turn of fate

Exploration Middle East

Understanding the Zagros

The Zagros fold-thrustbelt is one of the oldest studied and exploited petroleum provinces of the world, yet for mostly political reasons it has not been fully developed and its exploration has generally taken place in a very piecemeal fashion. Attempts are now being made to develop play concepts that may encompass the whole orogenic belt.

GEO Tourism North America

Back-Reef to Basin Depths

Situated adjacent to the very prolific Permian Basin is one of the earth’s greatest and most studied carbonate depositional systems, the Permian Reef Complex of New Mexico and west Texas.

Seismic Foldouts Europe

New and Proven Plays

The recent successful Blakeney discovery in UK Q21 improves the potential for more successful discoveries on the West Central Shelf.

GEO Science Explained North America

The Miocene Monterey Formation

The Los Angeles Basin is the most productive basin by area in the world – and the Miocene Monterey Formation, which is exposed along the coast and in the hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is the prolific source rock for this basin.

Exploration The Arctic

Polar Pioneers

Another day in Arctic paradise for the crew of Polarcus Asima, as she ventures into uncharted territory to uncover the secrets of the Arctic – the final frontier for oil and gas.

Editorials Worldwide

An Imprecise Science

In October this year, six geoscientists were jailed for not predicting the imminence and severity of the earthquake which hit the Italian town of L’Aquila in April 2009, killing 309 people and leaving thousands homeless. The justice – or injustice – of the sentences is obviously a matter of debate. But there are a number of lessons to be learnt from this tragic story.

Exploration Europe

Record Response to UK License Round

Towards the end of October 2012 the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the winners of what was a record-breaking 27th Licensing Round and declared that UK oil and gas investment looked set to flourish as a result.