Meet the new Aberdeen Director Elect, Henk Kombrink
Given my background in North Sea petroleum geology and my enthusiasm to share this with the wider community, I think this is a perfect time to stand for the Aberdeen Elect position of the PESGB.
After finishing my MSc in Quaternary Geology at Utrecht University in 2003, my first engagement with the oil industry dates back to 2004 when I started my PhD on a basin analysis of the Carboniferous of the Southern North Sea. As many of you will know any study of “old” rocks in the Low Countries depends on subsurface data so I quickly became familiar with seismic, wells and cores. It was in those years that I started to build my North Sea experience and I feel privileged to have been in a position to work on the geology over the entirety of this fascinating and diverse petroleum province ever since.
Following my PhD, I worked in the regional mapping group of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO) for a bit more than two years. Then my wife and I decided it was a good time to move to pastures new and Aberdeen became our home in 2011. I started at Total E&P UK in the Geoscience Research Centre where reservoir modelling formed the bulk of my daily technical activities for more than 2 years. Just before the worst effects of the current oil price slump kicked in I decided it was time for a change and applied for a job with Senergy, now known as Lloyd’s Register (LR). As a member of the Subsurface Consultancy team, I work on a wide variety of integrated subsurface studies, with a recent emphasis on play fairway mapping in the UKCS. At the moment I am coordinating a three-year project in which LR will produce geological maps for the whole of the UKCS for OGA. This project enables me to continue to learn about all aspects of the petroleum geology of the UKCS.
Having enjoyed many high quality talks over the past years, I am passionate about helping to realise an exciting series of Aberdeen Evening Lectures for the PESGB. As the diverse plays of the UKCS subsurface are on my screen on a daily basis, I am sure I will be able to deliver a lecture program the members will appreciate. In my view positivity is a key element these days and it’s through the lively organisation of the PESGB that I hope to convey that to as many people as possible.