Abundant energy resources are available in East and South East Asia. Major energy producing countries in the region include China, Malaysia and former OPEC member Indonesia, while Myanmar may potentially join the producing group following the end of military rule and the opening of the nation's petroleum sector to more foreign investments. Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have an estimated 31.4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and 309.5 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves as of 2013.
Petrophysics is the study of the physical properties and the rock and fluid interaction in petroleum systems. A petrophysicist in the oil and gas industry helps fill in some of the details after geologists and geophysicists have found a reservoir target. Specifically, they create a clear picture of the reservoir’s rock formation, fluid content, permeability and porosity. Petrophysicists are able to determine this information via data collected by samples from the surface, as well as downhole sensors. These tests usually occur during the earliest stages of drilling and are used to create a reservoir model outlining the capabilities of the well. Once the well is in production, petrophysicists continue to play an important role as they will examine and record surface samples and design the LWD or wireline log program to ensure accurate records are kept.