Exploration Insights Magazine - The Collection

Previous issues of the Exploration Insights Magazine are now available through the interactive eBook, just select an issue from the other issues panel from any edition of the magazine. Many of these past articles are still relevant to current exploration activities, and access to a key selection of these is provided below.

 

Screening the Argentine Atlantic

In November 2018 the Argentine Government announced its first offshore licensing round in the past 20 years, hoping to encourage exploration in this frontier region. Much of the Argentine Margin has remained underexplored in recent years. This article aims to address the uncertainties in these frontier basins. Read more…

 

Middle East Exploration – Far from a Lost Cause

Throughout the history of exploration, it has been shown that new life can be breathed into mature basins by finding new play concepts. The search for subtle traps is key to this objective. We discuss a variety of stratigraphic trap concepts that show potential across the Arabian Plate.  Read more…

 

The Roebuck Basin – Searching for a Potential Viable Petroleum System in an Underachieving Basin

The Roebuck Basin is an underachieving basin compared with its counterparts along the Northwest Shelf of Australia, but a large oil discovery has recently been found at Dorado-1. We discuss the role the Triassic Locker Shale may have played in generating oil and examine the distribution and maturity of this potential source rock.  Read more…

 

Predicting Offshore Plays Along the North African Margin

Since ENI’s Zohr discovery in 2015, there has been renewed interest in the offshore North African margin, however, exploration success along here has been highly variable, with many basins remaining almost totally unexplored. Much of the variability in exploration success is due to a heterogeneous and complex regional structural history, leading to difficulties in the prediction and assessment of play types. By reconstructing the geodynamic context and mapping the timing of fault movements along the margin, we assess the presence and timing of play elements in the underexplored and frontier offshore basins, as well as evaluating new play concepts in the more mature basins. Read more…

 

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.  Read more…

 

How Does the Alpine High Stack Up?

The realization of shale resource potential on the Alpine High has sent a ripple of excitement through the North American shale industry. But how does the Alpine High compare to established resource areas in the Permian, Anadarko and Arkoma basins?   Read more…