Global Exploration Services Limited is a UK-based leading consulting team focused on frontier basin evaluation and on providing technical advice and support to oil and gas exploration ventures world-wide.

Established in 2000, GES has, through its Directors and internationally recognized Associates, a combined oil industry experience extending over 100 petroleum basins. Ray Bate, Andy Carr and Enzo Zappaterra bring proven oil company and consulting company expertise to help clients attain a competitive advantage.

Over the past years, GES has provided proprietary and non-exclusive reports on regions of active exploration interest; advised clients on exploration opportunities; assisted in the promotion of license rounds - through initial research and report data presentation; has undertaken seismic interpretation, basin modeling and stratigraphic/biostratigraphic studies in a number of prospective regions.

GES offers a unique basin modeling package (PresRo®) that has been recognised by the petroleum industry as providing a definitive understanding of the hydrocarbon potential of an exploration region.

Through its affiliated company Lacustrine Basin Research Ltd, GES specializes in the dating and interpretation of non-marine (lacustrine) rocks over varied petroleum provinces: Brazil, West Africa, Central Africa, China and Mongolia.

Through its affiliated company Advanced Geochemical Systems Ltd, GES undertakes petroleum geochemical and petroleum system modelling studies on many basins around the world. We are partners in a fundamental research project at Nottingham University UK which has proved that the current kinetic models used by geochemists to model hydrocarbon generation in geological basins cannot be used for this purpose, and need to be replaced by models that obey thermodynamic as well as kinetic laws, e.g. PresRo®.


Global Exploration Services Ltd and PetroServ International [CEO, Fuad Jawad] formed a business Alliance in 2014 to market within the countries of Cyprus, Lebanon, Libya and Algeria. The recent merger of PetroServ International with the National Oil & Gas Company of Lebanon (NOGCL) and its financial associates in 2016 has led to the establishment of a Consortium, of which GES is now a part (GES/NOGCL). Our intention is to invite E & P Oil Company(s), with offshore exploration experience, to join us in the pre-qualification and bidding on the Blocks soon available offshore Lebanon.

As the technical arm of this Consortium, Global Exploration Services Ltd brings its experience of the regional petroleum geology and evaluation of exploration opportunities in the Eastern Mediterranean, gained through a decade of active consulting work carried out for a number of oil companies.

Offshore seismic data, integrated with onshore outcrop geology, sedimentology and geochemistry, were used to build the regional hydrocarbon framework (structure / stratigraphic & geochemical basin models) for exploration of selected areas of the Levantine Basin (Israel, Lebanon, Syria & Cyprus).

GES knowledge of prospective reservoir systems and play types helps companies carry out preliminary block evaluation and rating / ranking of gas / oil opportunities offshore Lebanon in the context of the imminent bidding rounds.



Global Exploration Services Ltd is providing technical support to a new drilling company that is promoting its Near- Balanced Drilling methodology to the exploitation of shale-gas reservoirs. This approach is completely eco-friendly in that no fracking is required to open-up the natural fractures in the shale whilst there are also no toxic drilling fluids inserted downhole. Once the proper evaluation of a naturally fractured reservoir is done it will demonstrate that natural fractured (NF) shale reservoirs have adequate permeability to produce naturally if not damaged during the drilling process.

The solution available now is to drill & complete wells in tight Formations without the use of fracking, to avoid formation damage and address all environmental concerns;

  1. Undertake Discrete Natural Fractures (DNF) modelling to determine the "collective" permeability;
  2. Undertake the Near-Balanced Reservoir Drilling (NBRD) methodology and
  3. Drill & complete the wells using patent pending technology and special "Carbon-Neutral" rigs that eliminate the use of harmful drilling fluids.

This new approach requires the industry to rethink the evaluation of unconventional reservoirs; the consequences of their being subjected to environmental pollution resulting in serious ecological damage and the unsupportable cost of these activities. The following illustrations identify the wasteful use of resources that occur as a consequence of fracking as opposed to the more economical Near-Balanced Reservoir Drilling procedure.