Jonathan Salo

PhD Student

Telephone: +61 8 8303 3503

Facsimile: +61 8 8303 4345

PhD Project:

Detailed Geological Modelling and Reservoir Characterization to Facilitate the Successful Subsurface Injection and Sequestering of CO2 from Indonesian Natural Gas Production

Commenced: 2000

Supervisor: Assoc Prof Simon C. Lang; Dr John Kaldi

Project support: BP

Scholarship support: BP

This PhD study will generate new subsurface geological computer modelling over a large region in Indonesia containing super-giant and giant gas fields. The research is incorporating a variety of data including 3D and 2D Seismic Surveys, extensive whole core and rotary sidewall core data, nuclear-magnetic imaging, FMS/FMI imaging, and borehole optical fluid analysers and dynamic formation pressure and fluid sampling. Generated reservoir characterizations combined with new state-of-the-art geologic modelling will be dynamically modelled in reservoir migration simulations to identify and rank the optimum strata and bottom-hole locations for subsurface CO2 re-injection and long-term sequestration, in order to mitigate 'global warming' climatic change due to anthropogenic CO2 emissions.


Jonathan P. Salo graduated from the University of Colorado in 1977 with a B.A. degree, majoring in Anthropology and Archaeology with a minor in Geology and foreign language fluency in Mandarin Chinese. Following four years of employment as a carpenter in housing construction, Jonathan was employed as a logging geologist for Continental Laboratories International from 1981 through 1983. In 1984 he returned to university graduating from the University of Colorado with a second full four-year B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature (Mandarin) in 1984, and a final B.A. in Geology from University of Colorado/George Washington University in 1985. Jonathan then worked as a consulting wellsite geologist from 1985 through 1991 for a variety of clients including Exxon in 1988, the Government of the People's Republic of China in 1989. In 1991 he started what was to be an 8 year consultancy with ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Inc.) in Indonesia as wellsite, development, and eventually exploration geologist. Jonathan was on the ARCO team responsible for the discovery, appraisal, and certification of a series of giant and super-giant gas fields in the Wiriagar and Berau PSC's of Indonesia triggering the Tangguh LNG Project. After evacuation from Indonesia due to civil unrest in 1998, Jonathan returned to Indonesia and worked as Operations Geologist for Unocal and then Conoco. Jonathan P. Salo began enrolment as a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide's National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics in November 2000. He is sponsored by BP to evaluate successful subsurface CO2 injection and sequestration options for a large gas development project. Jonathan has been an active member of the AAPG for the last 16 years.


Salo, J. P., Luckiyanto E., Gadkari, S. (2000); Reservoir Fluid Characterization Utilizing New Gas Ratio Algorithms/Interpretations While Drilling with SOBM (Synthetic Oil-based Mud); AAPG International Conference, Bali. Abstract/Poster