The demand for hydrocarbons is ever-present regardless of the economic climate. As E&P companies start to regroup and think about dusting off their exploration endeavours, they are on the lookout for future opportunities. This month’s Neftex® Exploration Insights magazine takes a look at areas of potential interest around the globe.
WHERE NEXT FOR OIL IN AFRICA?
One reason for recent exploration disappointments around Africa has been a failure to correctly risk charge, especially for oil. A regional review of Mesozoic source rocks in the frontier basins of offshore Africa has led to the definition of maximum petroleum system outlines (source rock presence within an oil mature window, plus a migration envelope). Combined with an understanding of potential gas flushing, areas with significant oil potential can be high-graded.
THE HERODOTUS BASIN: EXTENDING PLAY POTENTIAL IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
Over the last few years, play-opening gas discoveries in the Egyptian offshore and Levantine Basin have prompted a renewed interest in the Eastern Mediterranean. Whilst recent exploration efforts have focused on the Nile Delta and Levantine basins, the adjacent Herodotus Basin remains almost totally unexplored. Utilising basin screening workflows and Exploration Insights content, we investigate the use of regional analogues to evaluate the petroleum potential of this emerging basin.
THE TORO SANDSTONE - PAST SUCCESS AND FUTURE POTENTIAL
The Toro Sandstone is not only a key reservoir in Papua New Guinea, but is also exceptional in retaining good permeability with depth. We examine why this is and what lessons can be learnt for future exploration.
GREAT GEOLOGISTS: HENRY CLIFTON SORBY
One of the great independent ‘gentleman scientists’ of the Victorian age, Sorby is the father of both microscopic petrography and sedimentology. A polymath with an insatiable scientific curiosity, his remarkable contributions covered an astoundingly large field of subjects.
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