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Michael Lentini

Senior Affiliate Scientist


Phone: (801) 587-8538
Email:  contact@egi.utah.edu

Mike Lentini is President & CEO of MRL Upstream Consulting, LLC, an independent consultancy helping companies identify new opportunities, provide independent review of their portfolios, make independent prospect & risk assessments, mentor staff, and give exploration advice.

Mike received a B.S. Geology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and his M.S. in Geology from University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Mike has over 33 years of Global New Ventures Exploration experience and is consulting for clients interested in Oil & Gas investments and for companies requiring an independent review of their exploration strategies, portfolio risk & volumes, and technical quality assurance. His specialties include Play-Based exploration, the South Atlantic, rift petroleum systems, and reservoir quality prediction.

Mike has helped organize international conferences in 2005 & 2008 related to rift petroleum systems. He has lead multi-disciplinary teams for Shell, Enron, Cobalt, and Apache. His work for Cobalt delivered a portfolio containing highly successful deepwater PreSalt discoveries in Angola and Gabon (more than 2 billion barrels recoverable). Mike received the Norman Falcon Award from EAGE for the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience in 2010 for the paper “Geodynamics of the central South Atlantic conjugate margins: implications for hydrocarbon potential” with coauthors Scot I. Fraser, H. Scott Sumner, and Richard J. Davies.

In 2015 Mike will be training and mentoring energy company staff globally in hydrocarbon play-fairway analysis in coordination with Professor Al Fraser the EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience based at Imperial College London.

Research Interests

Structural & petroleum geology

Basin analysis

Rifts & margins

New ventures & exploration

Risk assessment

B.S. Geology from Florida State University

M.S. in Geology from University of Wisconsin

Norman Falcon Award from EAGE for the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience in 2010 for the paper “Geodynamics of the central South Atlantic conjugate margins: implications for hydrocarbon potential” with coauthors Scot I. Fraser, H. Scott Sumner, and Richard J. Davies