Dr. Roberto Fainstein

Roberto Fainstein

Roberto Fainstein, PhD, Rice University (1979) is a Geophysics Advisor & SEG Emeritus with more than forty (40) years of international experience in the oil business, mainly with Petrobras S.A., Atlantic Richfield International and Schlumberger Limited. His career in Petrobras comprised resistivity and seismic exploration in the Brazilian jungles (five years) and several years at sea during the very beginning of offshore exploration. He was Chief Geophysicist of the REMAC Project the first comprehensive survey of the entire Brazilian Continental Margin (1972-1975). At that time through his work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution he published the first suite of magnetic maps for all basins offshore Brazil. More recently upon returning to Brazil he was responsible for the design and implementation of the 2D/3D Brazil 99/2000 regional, grid consistent, multi-client seismic programs that led to the significant deep-water discoveries both in the post-salt and pre-salt sequences, these on reservoirs of Tertiary and Upper Cretaceous turbidites and in Lower Cretaceous microbialites.

Prior to the recent deep-water program in Brazil he had contributed to many of the oil and gas discoveries in Southwest Asia, in the Northwest Java Sea and in the East Java Sea, while with Atlantic Richfield International particularly the finding and development of the Pagerungan Gas Field the largest domestic gas provider of Indonesia. With Schlumberger (Geco-Prakla) he has designed and implemented the still very marketable Southeast Asia multi-client portfolio of WesternGeco that led to discoveries in the Natuna Sea and to wildcat discoveries in deep-water of the Arafura Sea and South Irian Jaya in the eastern Sunda Archipelago, contributed with many publications and co-authored the Seismic Atlas of Southeast Asia and Australia.

After the mapping effort of the Brazilian 99/2000 program and in view of the syn-rift interpretation achieved with the re-processed legacy PSDM, in an interview with "Petroleum Economist" in 2002 entitle "Sub-Salt Could be Sweet" he accurately predicted, four years in advance of the Tupi well, the cluster of discoveries in the pre-salt of the North Santos Basin and South Campos Basin. This major achievement was based upon the regional deep-water mapping assessment of these basins as part of the Brazil 99/2000 program. Also his regional mapping of the North Campos Basin led to multiple discoveries in the post-salt in a region now known as the "Whale Park".

Formerly he was geophysics faculty at Florida Institute of Technology (1979-1981), taught in Cape Canaveral, conducted geophysics courses (1986-1991) at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and lectured in seismic interpretation ate the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) regularly from 1999 to 2007 and still teaching intensive courses for industry with NExT (Network of Excellence in Training), he has taught intensive seismic courses in Geophysics, Structure and Stratigraphic Seismic Interpretation and on Deepwater Seismic Interpretation. These courses have been carried out numerous times world-wide (Malaysia-Petronas, Thailand-PTTEP, Indonesia-Pertamina-Migas, Nigeria-Total & Chevron, Angola-Sonangol and Universidade Agostinho Neto, South Africa-Petro SA-Sonangol-Chad, UAE-ADCO, Saudi Arabia-Aramco, Colombia-Ecopetrol, Mexico-Pemex, USA-WesternGeco, Romania-PetroRomania-OMV, Russia-Lukoil, Siberia-Sibneft & TNK/BP/Rosneft, Holland-Vrije University), always with very high positive feedback from attendees.


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