Bulletin Article

 
Organic-rich shale and siliceous shale that was deposited from suspension near upwelling zones are key exploration targets for shale oil and gas in the southeastern Sichuan Basin, China. Seven lithofacies have been identified, and turbidity current mudstones are the principal exploration targets for tight oil.
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Four seals and five pressure systems are recognized in the Sichuan Basin, southwest China; Based on mechanisms analysis and hydrocarbon generation history, a pressure evolution model has been constructed which includes a normal pressure stage, an overpressuring stage, and an overpressure releasing stage.
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Kela-2 is a giant gas field with a proven reserve of 597 tcf in the Kuqa depression, northern Tarim Basin. Widespread overpressures have been encountered in the Eocene and Cretaceous sandstone reservoirs of the field, with pressure coefficients up to 2.1 from drill-stem tests and well-log data analysis.
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The Tan-Lu fault system in the central Liaodong Bay subbasin, Bohai Bay Basin, has complex structural characteristics, and its tectonism during the Cenozoic is an important factor in oil accumulation. Three-dimensional seismic data were used to document the structural features and evolution of the system.
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Explorer Article

 
Since the dramatic expansion of AAPG/ AAPG Foundation’s Visiting Geoscientist program in the fall of 2014, thousands of students around the globe have benefited from it.
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Explorer Emphasis

 
While many are working to forecast when the price of oil might reach $80 a barrel again, renowned international strategist and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan, the author of “The Accidental Superpower,” predicts in stunning detail the rising and declining energy plays of 2025 and the countries that will ultimately triumph as the world’s leading producers.
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Selected highlights from international exploration activity in 2015.
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A number of interesting stories came out of international exploration in 2015. Let’s get to the big one right away: Everybody – everybody – was talking about the Eni SpA discovery of a supergiant gas accumulation offshore Egypt. It became the year’s mind-blower.
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Explorer Policy Watch

 
The long-term projections have changed little in the year since this column last reported on the annual International Energy Agency (IEA) “World Energy Outlook,” but the tone is much different. Last year’s report was concerned about finding the investments to meet demand; now the world has surpluses of oil and gas and a booming renewables industry.  
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Learn! Blog

 

Welcome to a prestigious conference that features the most recent scientific and engineering breakthroughs in the development of tight sand and shale plays in western China. The developments and lessons learned here have great relevance to shale and low permeability reservoirs worldwide.

The conference will take place July 15-17 in Chengdu, China. 

Abstracts accepted now.

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