Explorer Article

Brian Maxted, one of his generation’s most successful oil finders, probed the past and future of exploration during his Michel T. Halbouty Lecture at this year’s AAPG Annual Meeting in Dallas.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

A big challenge for modern seismic is the ability to image complicated structures. Fold and thrustbelts are characterized by rapid velocity variations due to juxtaposed rock types.

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Explorer Division Column EMD

Locked under ice and permafrost in Alaska and in remote reaches of the Arctic lie vast resources to fuel our nation's energy future. The tremendous volume of methane gas hydrates in the permafrost regions of the world make tapping into this unconventional resource a critical component to add to our nation's energy portfolio.

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Explorer Article

Ten years old and going strong: The Auger deepwater field in the Gulf of Mexico continues to yield not just hydrocarbons, but valuable data.

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The old question about reserve estimates: How much oil does the earth have? The new question: Does anyone have any idea?

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The Jonah Field in the northern Greater Green River Basin, one of the largest gas discoveries in the last decade and a poster child for basin centered gas. The Standard Draw-Echo Springs Field in the Washakie Basin, which was found in the 1970s and was one of the original fields determined to be a large, basin centered gas accumulation.

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Explorer Article

Shanley, Robinson and Cluff weigh in on future E&P direction

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Explorer Article

Conventional wisdom regarding basin-centered gas accumulations has sparked a geologic debate in Colorado.

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Explorer Article

Geology without borders, part III: The prolific Trenton-Black River fairway is bringing exploration success and possibilities to Canada's Anticosti Island.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Take a look through the U.S. perspective regarding the development of energy fuels world wide.

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Workshop
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This two-day virtual conference aims to bring together industrial and academic persons to educate and develop approaches that will benefit both sectors in the future. The virtual conference will focus on the current techniques, the challenges and future solutions in understanding the Triassic stratigraphy of the Central Graben of the North Sea.

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Workshop
Bogota, Colombia
Wednesday, 17 March Thursday, 18 March 2021, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region and the Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP) invite you join us for GTW Colombia 2021, a specialized workshop bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration. The 2-day workshop brings together technical experts and industry leaders from Colombia and throughout the Americas to take a multidisciplinary look at future opportunities for exploration and development of Southern Caribbean Frontier Basins.

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VG Abstract

In 1991, Gulf Indonesia and its partners discovered South Sumatra Basin’s first major gas field at Dayung in the Corridor PSC. A key feature of this field is that most of the reserves are held within fractured basement rocks of pre-Tertiary age. 

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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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