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Date: March 22, 2012
· Curtis Cohen, Exploration Manager, Energy Operations Argentina, Buenos Aires
New and existing technologies are applied by operators in both orthodox and creative ways during all phases of an exploration work program. In the hunt for and development of oil and gas plays either conventional or shale, the integration of new data greatly assists in the evaluation of hydrocarbon potential..
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New and existing technologies are applied by operators in both orthodox and creative ways during all phases of an exploration work program. In the hunt for and development of oil and gas plays either conventional or shale, the integration of new data greatly assists in the evaluation of hydrocarbon potential. This is true especially in frontier basins but also in mature basins, like the Neuqun in Argentina. Energy Operations Argentina, affiliate of Neos GeoSolutions, operates five blocks covering 15,000 km2 in the western, mostly frontier portion of the Neuquen Basin. Technical challenges in this area, especially using traditional seismic methods to image potentially prospective areas beneath near surface volcanic flows and folds and thrusts, have deterred exploration in this part of the basin. The presentation shows the application of hyperspectral, multispectral, gravity & magnetic methods and other data that is being used to evaluate these blocks and overcome these challenges. An integrated approach to using these technologies together can also shorten exploration cycle time and reduce cost and environmental impact.
Curtis Cohen, Exploration Manager, Energy Operations Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Curtis Cohen is currently Exploration Manager of Energy Operations Argentina, an affiliate of Neos GeoSolutions in Houston, and responsible for exploration of a five block, 15,000 km2 license in the Neuqun Basin. Curtis joined the company in 2007 as New Ventures Manager at affiliates TTI Exploration and Terralliance. There he was responsible for New Business Development in Latin America and the Middle and Far East, and produced a seven block award to the company in onshore Thailand, a five block award in Argentina, and major block offers in Indonesia, Philippines, Kurdistan and Kazakhstan.
Curtis began his career in 1979 with Gulf Oil, after receiving a Master's degree in Geology at from Columbia University, and as a Faculty Fellow at the school's research lab at Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, in Palisades NY. Curtis joined Exxon in 1981 and for 15 years worked for Esso Exploration in Houston & the UK and their affiliates in Norway, France, Australia and Nigeria. He lived a decade overseas and also worked in Corporate Headquarters in New Jersey in Strategic Planning. In the Gippsland Basin for Exxon he managed giant oil field exploration and redevelopment involving reserves in the billions of barrels. At Esso Nigeria, Curtis discovered 600 million barrels proved oil reserves in deepwater OPLs 222/223. After Exxon, Curtis became Chief Interpreter and Chief Geophysicist of Pogo Producing Co for 12 years. At Pogo, Curtis and his team drilled more than 500 wells, set three dozen platforms and discovered the country's largest offshore oil and gas fields (Benchamas, Tantawan, Maliwan, Jarmjuree and Chaba/Kung), with proved reserves in excess of 500 million barrels oil equivalent.
Curtis is a member of Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology and is the principal author of more than a dozen professional articles published in Bulletins of the AAPG, GSA and Tectonophysics and others on subjects of petroleum geology, exploration, tectonics, seismic, gravity, velocity, magnetic interpretation and remote sensing. He lives in Houston, TX and Buenos Aires, Argentina.