Episode 88: The historical development and future for Southeast Asia

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Roberto Fainstein on Southeast Asia, the featured special section in August’s The Leading Edge.

Roberto showcases his vast knowledge of this region of the world while highlighting the geological and geophysical historical developments in this region. Through the papers in this special section, he also outlines the fascinating research path ahead. If you are unfamiliar with the geophysical history of Southeast Asia or want to hear the latest research and future for this important region, this episode has you covered.

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Dr. Roberto Fainstein is a Geophysics Advisor & SEG Emeritus with more than 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.

Prior to the recent deep-water program in Brazil, he had contributed to many of the oil and gas discoveries in Southwest Asia, the Northwest Java Sea, and the East Java Sea. He was also particularly involved in the finding and development of the Pagerungan Gas Field (the largest domestic gas provider of Indonesia) while with Atlantic Richfield International. 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, 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.”

Original music by Zach Bridges. 

This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

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