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The Petroleum Geology of Iraq

A comprehensive, up-to-date appraisal of the reservoir rocks, source rocks, seals and traps that control Iraq’s petroleum resources is reviewed by Munim Al-Rawi, an expert in the regional petroleum geology of the Middle East.
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Country Profile Middle East

Petroleum Systems in Jordan.

Despite a long exploration history, only two producing fields have been found in Jordan, yet it has proven petroleum systems and reserves of both shale oil and gas. We look at the potential within this long-neglected Middle Eastern country.
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Technology Explained Middle East

Real-Time Data = Proactive Field Decisions

Recent developments in permanent downhole monitoring provide accurate and stable measurements even in extreme high pressure/high temperature reservoir conditions. The integration of multiple measurements as they happen allows operators to make field decisions for production and reservoir management.
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History of Oil Middle East

Memories of Iraqi Kurdistan

In 2003, the fall of Saddam Hussein opened up semi-autonomous Kurdistan to foreign investment. It also revived the interest of oil companies in the region, which had been explored, but not developed, by the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) between 1946 and 1961.
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Exploration Middle East

How Much Oil in the Middle East?

“No such galaxy of fields of the first magnitude over such a wide area has been developed in the history of the oil industry.” - Everette Lee DeGolyer, Oil in the Near East, 10 May 1940, Texas
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GEO Tourism Middle East

Petra The Rose-Red Wonder

Petra, an ancient red city in the middle of the Arabian Desert of southern Jordan, reveals its glorious archaeological past in addition to its deep chronological history. In 2007, Petra was designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
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History of Oil Middle East

Once Upon a Red Line - the Iraq Petroleum Company Story

A consortium of four oil majors (today’s BP, Shell, Total and ExxonMobil) and oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) was designed to explore and extract oil in the Middle East. Amid controversy about its role as the ‘Red Line Cartel’, its pioneering contribution to the oil development of the region is often overlooked.
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GEO Profile Middle East

Lively Enthusiasm Leads to Success

Mohamed Al Harthy, one of the first generation of Omani petroleum geologists and a founder member of the rapidly growing Geological Society of Oman, has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for geology, as evidenced by his award of an honorary life time membership of the Society.
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History of Oil Middle East

Oil Exploration in Yemen

Yemen is a land of physical contrasts, bounded by mountains, desert and sea. It includes the Socotra archipelago and various islands in the Red Sea. At the heart of the south, like a deep gash across the land, is the Hadhramaut Valley. The geology of the region intrigued the early explorers, as it continues to do today. They had to overcome considerable political and physical difficulties as well as grapple with a complex geological puzzle that had its origins in the breakup of Gondwanaland.
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GEO Cities Middle East

Kuwait: A Trading City

Perched at the head of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait City has been an important trading post for centuries, but the discovery of oil has brought both immense riches and major trauma.
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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.
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