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Integrated Exploration Methods Urged for Oil and Gas

Oil rigs at sunset (U.S. Department of Energy)

(U.S. Department of Energy)

Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have combined several surveying methods to develop an integrated prospecting technology for oil and gas. The methods proposed by geophysicist Lev Eppelbaum and zoologist Youri Katz appeared earlier this year in the journal Positioning.

Eppelbaum and Katz created detailed structural-tectonic maps of Israel and surrounding areas from an integrated survey of geophysical tools. The methods included advanced analysis of magnetic, gravity, and temperature fields; utilization of seismic, magnetotelluric, and satellite imaging; and numerous well sections and outcropping studies. All of these results were combined with plate tectonics reconstructions.

Among the results of their study are a series of prospective maps that identify specific areas where oil and gas prospectors are most likely to find reserves. Just off the shore of Haifa on Israel’s northern coast, for example, there is believed to be a five hundred billion cubic meter reserve of natural gas.

From this study, Eppelbaum believes there are additional oil and gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean that could increase Israel’s petroleum holdings by 200 to 300 percent. These discoveries are not only of critical economic importance to Israel, says Eppelbaum, but can also diversify oil and gas options for consumers worldwide.

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