Explorer Article

 

Given the extensive exploration activities of the oil industry along the Caribbean, Paul Mann and Claudio Bartolini put together the new, 27-chapter AAPG Memoir 108 "Petroleum Geology and Potential of the Colombian Caribbean Margin."

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Colombia’s national oil company Ecopetrol and partners Petrobras, Repsol and Statoil informed stock markets in Rio de Janeiro, New York, Toronto and Bogotá of a hydrocarbon discovery in the exploratory well Orca-1, located 40 kilometers north of the coast of La Guajira, in the Colombian Caribbean. The announcement marked an important milestone in the Colombian Caribbean offshore exploration…
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In February, geologists Karina Banquéz, Andrés Mauricio Botero, John Elber Ríos and Germán Ayala set out to do geochemical testing for the Colombian Geological Survey in Norte de Santander, in northeastern Colombia. Little did they know their time in the field would last much longer than planned.
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Explorer Division Column EMD

 

In virtually all regions of sustained production, the industry is steadily improving in situ recovery methods and reducing environmental impacts of bitumen and heavy oil production, especially those associated with surface mining.

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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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A team of structural geologists and seismic processing geophysicists has developed what they believe is a potentially revolutionary technology that can help predict fracture performance before a well is ever drilled.

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Some highlights from international activity in 2014.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 
This is the story of the drilling of a costly ($60 million) Lahee A-1 well in the Colombian foothills, which presented significant deviations from the prognosticated stratigraphy halfway to the objective – and became an operational nuisance. Nonetheless, it is mainly a story of successful management and prompt response to the geological uncertainty.
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