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Seismic is King?

“Seismic is King!” ... ... but are there any Princes? Seismic technology has dominated geoscience, and thus the Exploration and Exploitation businesses, throughout my career in oil & gas. And within it there continues to be remarkable innovation, led by companies such as PGS. Nevertheless the “all ...

David Bamford


Posted 9 days agoOpinion > Technology

Fail - to succeed!

Exploration is in fact a scientific enterprise – as well as a business: we make predictions and then test them with the drill bit. And we aim to learn from these tests. And try again. On a recent vacation one of my Kindle reading items was Matthew Syed's book “Black Box Thinking” . In it he uses ...

David Bamford


Posted 16 days agoOpinion > UKNorth Sea

Yes, we have no bananas!

Some folk have asked me if this is a commentary on E&Ps operating in Kurdistan or the UK onshore or perhaps on the AIM oil & gas sector in general. Not at all, not at all!! One day on a remote planet in a parallel Universe…… A Botanist from a very very small company came across a large field fu ...

David Bamford


Posted 21 days agoOpinion

W(h) ither European shale oil and gas?

The US experience with shale oil and shale gas offers a number of lessons to the rest of the world. Lessons that suggest, amongst other things, that UK onshore unconventionals will be tough to deliver. Lesson #1 seems to be that the best ‘candidate shales' are those that have acted as the source ...

David Bamford


Posted 30 days agoOpinion

Exploration is a Business!

This is a commentary on the US shale revolution, by a participant: “Geology is a science. Geophysics is a science. Exploration is a Business” Given that, where do we go from here, what happens next? This quotation is usually attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and ...

David Bamford


Posted 1 month agoOpinion

E&P problems that are worth solving!

It is a contradiction that our industry has a reputation for being, and in fact is, very conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies and yet is made up of individuals (also known as consumers) who are anything but that: the latter will pick up a Blackberry like they are going out of fash ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion