Introducing our new EOR Expert, Marten Buijse

PanTerra is proud to announce the appointment of Marten Buijse as our new Chief Chemist. Marten has agreed to strengthen PanTerra’s PVT/EOR team as of 16th of January 2017. He brings to the table more than two and a half decades of experience in various areas related to oil field chemistry and is a SME (subject matter expert) in chemical EOR. Prior to joining PanTerra, Marten steered Shell’s rock and fluids team towards the experimental side of chemical EOR formulation design.

“We are excited to welcome Marten on board”, said PanTerra’s MD Greg van de Bilt. “We are confident that Marten’s wealth of knowledge, dedication, and support will be a valuable asset not only to our company, but also to our clients”.

To learn more about Marten, please read on the following full Q&A:

Q: What attracted you to this position at PanTerra?

After working with Shell for 16 years, I decided to move on, mainly because the focus in R&D is shifting and activities in (experimental) EOR are being reduced. PanTerra has already built considerable expertise in the area of EOR and plans to further expand. For me, this is an interesting and challenging opportunity that will allow me to utilise my skills and experience. Furthermore, PanTerra is a diverse company, providing support and developing expertise in many other (chemistry) related areas, such as PVT and acid stimulation, which are of interest to me.

Q: How does your experience relate to your role at PanTerra and how did you get started in the field of chemical EOR?

I am a chemist by education. The past 25 years, I have worked in the oil & gas industry in several positions, always at the interface between chemistry and reservoir: geochemistry, chemical stimulation, production chemistry, etc. (Surprisingly many problems in the oil field are chemistry related.) In 2008, I joined the chemical EOR team in Shell, working on R&D and field design projects such as ASP and Polymer laboratory design, modeling, pilot tests, etc. I also spent quite some time on fundamental surfactant R&D, developing molecular modeling tools to better understand the properties of the surfactant-oil-brine interface. The knowledge gained is very helpful in developing optimum solutions for chemical EOR problems.

Q: What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career to date and how did you tackle it?

The oil & gas industry is quite conservative, and one of the greater challenges is getting the “field” to accept and implement the -often innovative- solutions developed in the laboratory. Good communication with the customer is essential, to understand the customer’s needs, and to explain the details and benefits of the developed solution.

Q: Considering the current market situation, how do you envision the future of chemical EOR?

Industry forecasts indicate that the oil and gas market will remain important, at least until 2050. We are almost out of “easy” oil, and more technology – such as EOR techniques – will be required to extract hydrocarbons from more difficult reservoirs. I believe that (chemical) EOR has a bright future. Two important hurdles are climate change and the relatively low oil price.  The focus should therefore be on developing solutions with low CO2 footprint and low cost: using relatively cheap chemicals in low concentrations.

Q: What do you see as the future of PanTerra and its place in the industry?  What would you like to see?

Provider of high quality laboratory services and of (innovative) solutions that really address the customer’s needs.