Latin America Blog

Share your knowledge and learn from others at this multidisciplinary workshop to be held in Lima, Peru on 15-16 October 2015. Presentation proposals are due 30 August 2015. 

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Europe Blog

Meet Nicholas Wade from Menas as he lectures, 'The Potential and Pitfalls of North Africa after Arab Spring', at the 2015 APPEX Regional Conference in November at Nice, France. Learn more how the series of revolutions began a process of change.

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Europe Blog

Meet Joe Staffurth from Exxon as he lectures, 'Farmout Market Update (Africa – Atlantic) “Where are the deals being done and not done?',  during Session 1 at the 2015 APPEX Regional Conference in November at Nice, France. This talk reviews the current state of the oil and gas exploration.

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Europe Blog

Dave McCarthy will present the paper 'Falkland Islands: Summary of past exploration, current activities & future potential' during Session 3 at the 2015 APPEX Regional Conference in Nice, France.

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Europe Blog

Join Bruce Walker during Session 3 at the 2015 APPEX Regional Conference in Nice, France as he speaks about 'Exploration Hot Spots in North West Europe'. This presentation will review the key frontier plays that remain in Northwest Europe and look at the companies which are positioning themselves to explore these regions.

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Europe Blog

Nearing the end of the presentations during Session 4, Stuart Lake will present a paper focusing on exploration along the transform margin and some of the possible conclusions the play mapping, common risk segment maps and dry hole analysis have revealed. You can hear this talk at the APPEX Regional 2015 in Nice, France on 6 November.

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Explorer Division Column EMD

In the coming year, the Energy Minerals Division is looking to improve and expand its information delivery system. EMD also is seeking volunteers to fill a number of vacant section and region councilor positions.

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Explorer Article

The Wolfcamp formation in the Permian’s Delaware Basin kicks out impressive volumes of hydrocarbons. The play is considered to have great promise, as it’s currently viewed as a kind of adolescent in terms of its maturity.

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Europe Blog

AAPG Europe and PESGB are pleased to launch a series of full day technical workshops, to be held on the third Tuesday of every month beginning in November.

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Middle East Blog

Production of tight reservoirs would have been impossible without the groundbreaking innovations in drilling and stimulation technology. With each new resource play, new challenges need to be addressed which do range from exploration, appraisal and pilot stages to the rationalization of factory drilling. It has become vitally important for the industry to put even more focus on R&D to develop knowledge, technology and innovation that can deliver a sustainable competitive advantage and open new frontiers.

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VG Abstract

Production from unconventional petroleum reservoirs includes petroleum from shale, coal, tight-sand and oil-sand. These reservoirs contain enormous quantities of oil and natural gas but pose a technology challenge to both geoscientists and engineers to produce economically on a commercial scale. These reservoirs store large volumes and are widely distributed at different stratigraphic levels and basin types, offering long-term potential for energy supply. Most of these reservoirs are low permeability and porosity that need enhancement with hydraulic fracture stimulation to maximize fluid drainage. Production from these reservoirs is increasing with continued advancement in geological characterization techniques and technology for well drilling, logging, and completion with drainage enhancement. Currently, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Egypt, USA, and Venezuela are producing natural gas from low permeability reservoirs: tight-sand, shale, and coal (CBM). Canada, Russia, USA, and Venezuela are producing heavy oil from oilsand. USA is leading the development of techniques for exploring, and technology for exploiting unconventional gas resources, which can help to develop potential gas-bearing shales of Thailand. The main focus is on source-reservoir-seal shale petroleum plays. In these tight rocks petroleum resides in the micro-pores as well as adsorbed on and in the organics. Shale has very low matrix permeability (nano-darcies) and has highly layered formations with differences in vertical and horizontal properties, vertically non-homogeneous and horizontally anisotropic with complicate natural fractures. Understanding the rocks is critical in selecting fluid drainage enhancement mechanisms; rock properties such as where shale is clay or silica rich, clay types and maturation , kerogen type and maturation, permeability, porosity, and saturation. Most of these plays require horizontal development with large numbers of wells that require an understanding of formation structure, setting and reservoir character and its lateral extension. The quality of shale-gas resources depend on thickness of net pay (>100 m), adequate porosity (>2%), high reservoir pressure (ideally overpressure), high thermal maturity (>1.5% Ro), high organic richness (>2% TOC), low in clay (<50%), high in brittle minerals (quartz, carbonates, feldspars), and favourable in-situ stress. During the past decade, unconventional shale and tight-sand gas plays have become an important supply of natural gas in the US, and now in shale oil as well. As a consequence, interest to assess and explore these plays is rapidly spreading worldwide. The high production potential of shale petroleum resources has contributed to a comparably favourable outlook for increased future petroleum supplies globally. Application of 2D and 3D seismic for defining reservoirs and micro seismic for monitoring fracturing, measuring rock properties downhole (borehole imaging) and in laboratory (mineralogy, porosity, permeability), horizontal drilling (downhole GPS), and hydraulic fracture stimulation (cross-linked gel, slick-water, nitrogen or nitrogen foam) is key in improving production from these huge resources with low productivity factors.

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