PESA WA & Richard Howe donate $1250 to UWA Geoscience Foundation

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The WA PESA & Richard Howe independent Biostratigrapher have presented a donation of $1,250 to the UWA Geoscience Foundation, the donation was part of the proceedings from the Biostratigraphy workshop that was conducted on the 14 of July in Perth. The workshop was organized by the PESA WA branch; four instructors were presenting that day. Adam Charles and Amely Allgöwer from MG Paleao, Richard Howe (Independent Biostratigrapher) and Daniel Peyrot assistant professor from UWA. The WA Branch would like to thank those that attended the workshop and the evening talk. Without your support we could not achieved the objectives to…

TopSeis, solution for imaging shallow reservoirs, launched

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CGG has announced the launch of TopSeis™, touted by the company as the “latest evolution in offshore broadband seismic, specifically designed to overcome the intrinsic lack of near offsets inherent in 3D towed-streamer seismic”. CGG said that, exacerbated by the use of progressively wider spreads to meet the industry’s quest for greater efficiency, the lack of near offsets leads to an inability to image shallow geological features, such as faults, gas pockets, channels and stratigraphic pinch-outs, effectively. By overcoming this shortcoming, TopSeis enables exploration and development teams to make critical investment decisions on the basis of superior high-density broadband data…

Geo students scoop epic Paris prize

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THE city of Light became a dream come true for two geoscience students who had never met before this year’s ASEG-PESA-AIG Conference, but teamed up to win a trip to Paris to attend next year’s 79th Geophysical Conference . On her first visit to Adelaide, 22-year-old Perth honours student in petroleum geology, Victoria Seesaha, and 22-year-old Dennis Conway, who is doing a geophysics PHD at the University of Adelaide, pulled off a stunning one point win in the student quiz night at the Richmond Hotel on Tuesday to claim the coveted prize courtesy of the European Association of Geoscientists and…

Past reflects promise of exciting exploration future

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PESA President Steve Mackie drew on the archives of exploration history in Australia to strike a note of optimism in sobering times at the opening of the ASEG-PESA-AIG Conference in Adelaide. Addressing delegates at the opening of the 25th conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Dr Mackie said the event theme, Interpreting the Past, Understanding the Future, was appropriate when it came to reflecting previous legacies of discoveries in Australia. “Going back 60-years the Australian government was becoming quite concerned about the lack of exploration in the country and commissioned an international consultancy to come and conduct an Australia wide…

Cooper Continues Drilling Callawonga-12

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Cooper has continued drilling the Callawonga-12 appraisal and development well on the Western flank of the Cooper Basin, South Australia. The Adelaide-based company advised that the well spudded on Thursday 18 August and the PEL 92 Joint Venture, comprising Cooper (25%) with Beach Energy (operator) holding the balance, was drilling ahead at 32m in 12¼ inch subsurface hole. The Callawonga-12 well, located within PPL 220, is 330m northeast of the Callawonga-1 production well and is being drilled to a target depth of 1448m. It’s mission statement is to accelerate production and add reserves from the McKinlay Member and Namur Sandstone…

Elevated gas readings illuminate Roc-2

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Carnarvon Petroleum has reported encountering gas traces at its Roc-2 well offshore Western Australia. The Perth-based junior explorer announced that at around 3,250m a 10m section of elevated gas readings and moderate fluorescence was observed across a sandstone interbed within the Upper Keraudren, consistent with residual hydrocarbons. The Roc-2 well is located within WA-437-P, in which Carnarvon holds a 20% interest with Quadrant Energy, the operator, holding the remaining 80%. Carnarvon said that slightly deeper in the well, at around 3,360m depth, elevated gas readings and minor fluorescence were observed in the Cossigny limestone. “This hydrocarbon fluorescence has regional interest…

MEO sets spud target date for Cuba

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MEO Australia is targeting early 2017 as a spud date for Cuba’s Block 9, taking its cue from Canada’s Sherritt International’s identifications in adjacent Bock 10, as it ponders a high impact exploration well in New Zealand and seeks to complete farm out processes in Australia. The Melbourne-based explorer said following assessment of the Lower Sheet play, continuing assessment of the remaining two plays, the Upper Sheet and Shallow Tertiary plays, was progressing as planned. Preliminary assessment was expected to be completed in the fourth quarter. MEO is the only ASX listed company with exposure to Cuba’s energy sector through…

Light at the end of jobless tunnel for Geos?

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The jobs outlook for Australia’s geoscientists has shown the first small signs of improvement in two years with the number of professional geoscientists in Australia seeking work or unable to secure satisfactory self-employment, falling in the June quarter compared with the preceding period. This is the first sign of any improvement in the sector – hard hit by the retreating mining resources boom – since September 2014 but the outlook remains dire with higher numbers looking to leave the profession for opportunities elsewhere. The profession’s latest survey shows that at 30 June 2016, the unemployment rate amongst Australian geoscientists was…

Spectrum upbeat reprocessing new 3D broadband project

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Spectrum has commenced broadband reprocessing of its Zeus and Zeebries 3D datasets as part of an extensive new Broadband 3D seismic project that is set to ignite exploration offshore NW Australia, the UK-based company has announced. The Olympus Project will provide, for the very first time, a regional viewpoint along one of the most prolific trends on the NW Shelf. The surveys will be processed through high-end broadband PSTM and PSDM sequences bringing modern imaging uplift to this complex geological region of the North Carnarvon Basin. In association with Searcher Seismic, Spectrum are applying this technique to an additional 20…

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