Geophysical methods
for petroleum exploration

Ore-bearing structure definition
Resource evaluation



 shale gas prospecting;

magnetotelluric surveys MT

Detecting rock voids and cavities
Sinkholes hazard assessment


Magnetotelluric surveys
geothermal exploration



Experimental, comprehensive and multivariate interpretation of seismic, magnetotelluric, gravity and borehole data as a tool to improve effectiveness of structural and reservoir study - project financed by the NCBR National Centre for Research and Development within the Applied Research Programme; duration: 2015-2017.

- AGH University of Science and Technology (consortium leader)
- Centrum Badań i Rozwoju Technologii dla Przemysłu
- Warsaw University of Technology
- PBG Geophysical Exploration Ltd.

PBG appointed to the position of Consortium leader in the project on  Experimental adaptation of airborne
methods for an effective levee monitoring.
 Project is realized within the Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007-2013 and financed by the European Regional Development Fund and State Treasury.
Project website (Polish) www.pbgdron.pbg.com.pl


the project co-financed in 2006-2009 by the European Union under the 6th Framework Program for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration. Since November 2009, the project has been financed by the participants’ own funds and sponsored by industrial partners. The main objective of the project is to expand the existing research network activities as regards CO2 capture and storage, for new EU members states and Candidate Countries.


- CO2 from Capture to Storage. The objective of the project was to develop and verify, as part of public-private partnerships, innovative technologies required for the safe and cost-effective CO2 capture and storage. In the CASTOR WP1.2 research task, which was aimed to assess the potential of geological storage of CO2 derived from the combustion of fossil fuels in the "new" EU countries and Candidate Countries, institutes and companies from those countries took part, forming the ENeRG thematic network.The CASTOR project was co-financed by the 6th Framework Programme. The Coordinator of the research task was GEUS (Denmark). From the Polish side Przedsiębiorstwo Badań Geofizycznych participated in the task. Further works in this area took place as part of GeoCapacity (EU FP6) project.
In Poland, the possibility of storage of CO2 derived from the combustion of fossil fuels, mainly entails potential use of aquifers within the Permian-Mesozoic complex (Lower Cretaceous, Lower Jurassic and Lower Triassic), exploited or partially exploited oil and gas deposits (and aquifers found there) and hard coal beds containing methane.

- Assessing European Capacity for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide
. The project was co-financed by the 6th Framework Program. The project coordinator was GEUS (Denmark). On the Polish side the following entities took part: Vattenfall Poland, The Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of Polish Academy of Science, PBG Geophysical Exploration Ltd.  The role of PBG concerned the assessment of capacity for geological storage of CO2 in old hydrocarbon fields and coal seams in Poland, and data preparation for WebGIS system.

                                                                                 CO2 geological sequestration map


See also:
Atlas CO2 - an interactive atlas presenting capacity for geological sequestration of CO2 in Poland
Identification of formations and structures for safe CO2 geological storage in Poland

targeted research project: examination of soil and water contamination with petroleum derivatives by means of geophysical methods, co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Program "Competitiveness" of the Structural Funds (SPO WKP). The objective of the project was the use of knowledge and experiences of the research partner AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland to enable the contractor – service-rendering company PBG Geophysical Exploration Ltd., to develop methodology of effective use of geophysical methods for the detection and monitoring of contaminations with petroleum derivatives in the areas of old oil fields.
These areas are intended, after the exploitation of oil deposits is finished, to be used for the needs of local communities. This will require identification of areas where contamination is possible and in the event of the application of remediation programs, also monitoring the processes that are taking place there. The research included identification of areas where contamination was possible, field geophysical surveys and drilling piezometers in two mining areas (oil fields), located in the SE part of Poland (the Carpathians), where oil exploitation began in the nineteenth century and it has been continued until the present day.
The technical objective of the project was to determine the relationships between the results of field geophysical surveys (ERT, GPR) and the properties of the soil and groundwater, especially those associated with the occurrence of contaminations with oil derivatives. Stages of the project included:

  • data inventory and the development of criteria for the selection of field research stations for field research design needs
  • numerical modeling of range and migration of contaminations (AGH) in selected, characteristic types of lands
  • surface and cross-hole geophysical measurements (and drilling piezometers)
  • geophysical data processing 
  • computer simulation of electromagnetic wave field (AGH)
  • evaluating relations between geophysical parameters and soil and groundwater properties in case of sites in question and in general

The results of numerical modelling of the range and migration of contaminations were used to design field geophysical surveys and the interpretation of their results. Computer simulations of electromagnetic wave field were made based on the characteristics of the lands, the results of the geophysical field surveys and numerical modeling of the range and migration of contaminations. The simulation results were used to optimize the processing and sozological interpretation of the results of GPR field studies. It was found that the results of field ERT and GPR geophysical surveys can be used to detect areas of contamination in the ground-water center if they are correlated with the results of numerical (computer) modeling of the range and migration of petroleum-derived contaminations in selected, specific types of lands and with the results of computer simulations of electromagnetic wave field distribution in contaminated soils.


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