Bulletin Article

 
This study uses hydrochemistry and environmental isotopes to quantify flowback volumes for fracturing fluids injected into the Qusaiba hot shale, Saudi Arabia. Less than 10% of the injected fluids were recovered while nearly 80% of the recovered fluid was formation water.
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This paper presents new data for the Rub' Al-Khali Basin, Saudi Arabia, constraining the age, depositional environment, petrography, regional correlation, and fluid system of these Middle Jurassic silicic sands. This play is independent of underlying and overlying systems.
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The semi-finals are completed. Twelve teams from around the world have their eyes set on Denver to participate in the finals of the 2015 AAPG/AAPG Foundation Imperial Barrel Award competition.
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Explorer Emphasis

 

Basins around the world hold identified potential for unconventional resource development and a combination of exploration, assessment and evaluation seems certain to uncover other favorable plays.

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Owing to the U.S. shale boom, interest and activity in unconventional E&P has spread internationally. Perhaps the most unexpected locale for these types of plays is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Every major producer in the Middle East will be represented at AAPG’s upcoming GEO 2016 conference in Bahrain next month.

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For the oil industry, the most worrisome news coming out of the Middle East doesn’t involve geopolitics. It’s well known by now that Iran wants to increase production by at least 500,000 barrels of oil per day as the lifting of international sanctions allows it to resume crude exports. But Iran isn’t alone.

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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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Explorer Historical Highlight

 

When one of us joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980, seven out of 27 young professionals in the basic training course were Swiss – a remarkable number of students from a tiny country that does not produce oil or gas. The term “Swiss mafia” was coined by our Dutch colleagues, and it wasn’t meant in a complimentary sense.

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Explorer Regions and Sections

 
In the Middle East, massive oil and gas reserves aside, the industry also has had to make adjustments to cope with this new price environment. Despite this current malaise, the AAPG in the Middle East continues its mission to promote this region as the global center of excellence for petroleum geology.
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