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Petrogenium Team

Leadership Team

Tammo Beishuizen

Founder and Managing Partner

After finishing his MSc. study Mechanical Engineering in Delft, The Netherlands, Tammo worked his entire career in the oil industry in technical, supply, advisory and business development roles. He worked in technical and supply planning roles at Rotterdam based BP and Shell refineries and in business development and performance improvement advisory roles at Jacobs Engineering and Shell Global Solutions. Tammo worked with various international oil majors, national oil companies, financial institutions and oil company service providers across the world. In 2010 he started his first business consultancy company which he sold in 2014. Petrogenium was founded in 2015.

Using Petrogenium’s network of world-class professional experts Tammo assumes the Integrator role to help Clients in developing and implementing their journey towards Margin, Reliability and Cost improvement.

Outside of work he loves sailing and enjoys good wine. He is married, father to three children whom he loves to support along the cricket and hockey boundaries.

Stefan Kardos

Partner

Stefan studied Chemical Engineering in Germany and started his career in refining in North-Germany. After working in project management, process technology, operations and consultancy for many Shell internal and external IOC/NOC clients he joined former colleagues on their successful journey with Petrogenium. Stefan holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.

Stefan’s client work spans our entire client portfolio in downstream oil, petrochemicals, upstream and renewable resources industries. As well as being responsible for service delivery and consultant engagement he heads our oil movement, hydrocarbon supply & logistics practice.

Beyond work, Stefan tries to balance his passion for good food with cycling. He enjoys wrestling with his children and being with friends.

Practice Leaders

Ben Ramakers

Practice Leader
Petrochemicals

Ben has deep roots in chemical engineering and more than 30 years’ international experience in Chemicals and Petrochemicals Process Technology, Design, Operations, Licensing, Research & Development, Technical and Business service provision. He has a very sound understanding of the global chemicals business as he was part of Shells’ Business Leadership teams for Base Chemicals and EO/Glycols.

Ben drives the Petrochemicals practise. In this role he engages with Clients to advise roadmap development and implementation towards the best optimized operation for their unique assets.

Besides his technical core competencies in various petrochemical processes like Base Chemicals, Aromatics, Ethyleneoxides, Glycols, Solvents and Elastomers he has world-class hands-on experience in technical and operational service management and implementation of multi-year service plans with clients on global scale.

Ben has held accountability for the process design of large ethylene cracker debottlenecks, a green field major new ethylene cracker complex (US), including PE, and a new worldscale MEG plant in Singapore.

Ben shares our deep passion for knowledge and technology transfer and coaching of interdisciplinary teams in the field.

Colin Schaverien

Practice Leader Renewable Resources

Following his PhD in Chemistry in Bristol, and postdoctoral fellowships at MIT and UC Berkeley, Colin spent 30 years in various R&D and Innovation leadership roles in Shell.

 

Colin drives the renewables resource section. He supports Clients particularly in the areas of biofuels, biorefining and green chemicals where Biorefining means the processing or coprocessing in standard refinery units. We have direct hands-on experience with dedicated hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO) using 100 % vegetable oils, fats, tallow and other lipid-like feeds, as well as their coprocessing in both hydrotreaters and FCC units. We also have a lot of direct experience with the coprocessing of various lignocellulosic feeds to produce advanced biofuels. In addition, Colin also supports Clients on R&D implementation and execution, technology maturation and scale-up from laboratory to commercialization as well as technology assessment and technical due diligence.

In his free time, Colin tries to improve his single sculling (rowing) technique and enjoys travelling to off-the-beaten track destinations on vacation

 

Jörn Falbe

Practice Leader Manufacturing Excellence

After his graduation in Chemical and Industrial Engineering, Jörn worked 15+ years in senior positions for three different Shell refineries in Germany and 10 years in various executive positions with PetroSA, the national oil company of South Africa and pioneer of GTL.

Jörn drives our Manufacturing Excellence section in Downstream Refining, Petrochemicals and Integrated Gas globally. He supports Clients on their journey towards true operational excellence. As an all-round professional with strong hands on skills and extensive experience in the implementation of margin improvement and business enhancement programmes he creates impact and ensures Clients can capture lasting value.

Jörn’s passion is mastering organizational change and the implementation of business turnaround strategies. His unique approach to coaching and mentoring of internal talents in customer organizations to deliver sustainable results is well recognized in the industry.

Beyond work, Jörn enjoys spending time with his family and friends, in particular watching soccer matches with his three sons.

Klaas Wieringa

Practice Leader Margin & Sustainability Excellence

Klaas is an all-round refinery professional, combining a broad technology base with extensive experience in performance optimisation. He developed his world class expertise during 34 years in various positions in Shell and work assignments to a great number of refineries worldwide (Shell, JV and non-Shell). He knows what makes a refinery successful and applied this knowledge during many margin improvement programmes, investment masterplans, and strategic studies.

Klaas is recognized industry-wide as a world-class professional who drives margin improvement, business value enhancement and sustainability to support our downstream oil and petrochemicals clients. He is very passionate about sustainability in our industry and the energy transition of the world and supports us on the strategic direction of Petrogenium.

Patrik Jacob

Practice Leader Retail

Patrik is  a passionate leader who is eager to see the capabilities and the efficiency of organisations and people growing. He is an all-round Retail professional with a high level of business acumen and customer oriented thinking.

He developed his expertise during 20+ years of experience in various leading positions in Petrol Retail companies like Aral and Shell plus numerous international consulting projects in greater Europe.

Patrik significantly contributed to reshaping organisations, implementing improved processes and increasing profits alongside with higher customer satisfaction. Besides his outstanding retail knowledge he was integral part of new market entry strategies, product development, market research projects and post-merger integration programs.

Patrik is  a passionate leader who is eager to see the capabilities and the efficiency of organisations and people growing. He is an all-round Retail professional with a high level of business acumen and customer oriented thinking.

He developed his expertise during 20+ years of experience in various leading positions in Petrol Retail companies like Aral and Shell plus numerous international consulting projects in greater Europe.

Patrik significantly contributed to reshaping organisations, implementing improved processes and increasing profits alongside with higher customer satisfaction. Besides his outstanding retail knowledge he was integral part of new market entry strategies, product development, market research projects and post-merger integration programs.

Patrik is  a passionate leader who is eager to see the capabilities and the efficiency of organisations and people growing. He is an all-round Retail professional with a high level of business acumen and customer oriented thinking.

He developed his expertise during 20+ years of experience in various leading positions in Petrol Retail companies like Aral and Shell plus numerous international consulting projects in greater Europe.

Patrik significantly contributed to reshaping organisations, implementing improved processes and increasing profits alongside with higher customer satisfaction. Besides his outstanding retail knowledge he was integral part of new market entry strategies, product development, market research projects and post-merger integration programs.

Client Directors

Alex Woldhuis

Client Director

Alex is a highly driven Client Director with solid experience in building trusting relationships at all organisational levels. In addition to a genuine interest in the opportunities and challenges faced by clients, Alex has an excellent understanding of technical aspects and of the local, cultural and political landscape. All essential in ensuring the successful delivery of technical support and for building valued partnerships.

He has built up a formidable background in his 28 years working for Shell in project delivery, technical support and business management roles for technologies in the O&G sector. He worked in a wide range of areas including Environmental Systems, Downstream & Chemicals and Mid and Upstream businesses.

Alex contributed to shaping Upstream and Midstream improvement programs, scoping support for these programs and managing delivery to the full satisfaction of the clients and stakeholders involved globally.

Next to working for Petrogenium, Alex is leading a start-up that intends to conquer the world with the famous Dutch biscuits: ‘Stroopwafels’. He enjoys sailing, skiing, canoeing and making road trips with his wife and 2 sons.

Our Experts

Currently our team consist of 45 independent consultants. By 2019 we envisage a team of about 60 experts covering additional knowledge areas in Downstream Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas Processing, Renewable Resources and Downstream Commercial Fuels & Retail. Our consultants are world class technical, operational or business management experts with more than 25 years experience in asset owner roles.

Bert van der Linde

Principal Consultant Hydrocracking, Hydrotreating and Bitumen processes

Bert is a world class professional with more than 35 year’s work experience in Hydrocracking Processes, Catalyst selection, Gasoil Hydroprocessing for Low Sulphur Diesel production and Catalytic Dewaxing. He also has extensive experience in Residue Hydroprocessing, Residue Thermal Conversion processes and Bitumen Manufacturing.

Prior to joining Petrogenium, Bert worked as independent industry expert, Shell Global Solutions, Shell International and the Technical University of Delft.

Bert uses a pragmatic approach in helping technical and operations staff to translate complicated problems into practical solutions, he did so for many Shell and other IOCs/NOCs in Europe, USA, Canada, Far East and South Africa.

Birgit Juergensen

Managing Consultant Economics, Scheduling and Supply

Birgit in an oil supply chain expert, combining technical understanding with deep experience in simulation and optimization models to identify hidden margin opportunities in complex systems. She developed her unique expertise during 25 years in several leadership positions in Oil & Gas companies like DEA Mineraloel AG, Shell and Enbridge. Her successes range from short term margin increase through introduction of new crude oils to speciality refineries to restructuring the unit set up of a refinery in response to specification changes and declining margins.
Her passion is to maximize value in fast-changing operational environments. She has successfully coached and introduced simulation and optimization tools to planning teams in downstream and midstream sectors to improve margins. This includes optimization software tools by vendors like Aspen and Haverly and well as simulation tool using discrete event, system dynamics and agent based simulation components together with gamification approaches. She knows how to make the interfaces between technology, business and IT work and how to find business cases that deliver value.
She uses pattern recognition to identify strategic issues and translate them into pragmatic implementation steps. Experience in project management (waterfall and agile) and change management have been enablers in delivering projects to high satisfaction and with a keen eye on stakeholder management. In the end people deliver the bottom line.
Besides driving for safety, value and pragmatic solutions, Birgit has a deep interest in emerging technologies from renewables to artificial intelligence.
Birgit joined Petrogenium in 2017 as Practice Leader Supply Chain & Economics Excellence.

Bob Scheffer

Principal Consultant Refinery Catalyst Technology and Hydroprocessing

 

Bob is a accomplished chemical engineer with more than 30 years’ of international experience in Refinery Catalyst Technology and Hydroprocessing.

His comprehensive areas of expertise include: Hydrocracking, Resid Hydroprocessing, Refinery Operations, Catalyst R&D, Catalyst Manufacturing, Catalyst Analysis, Catalyst Technology Training, Gas-to-Liquids, Gas-to-Chemicals, and Research Management.

Recognized as an international expert in Catalyst Technology, Bob is co-editor of the book “Catalyst Deactivation”, is a *speaker at major conferences (ACS, ERTC, BBTC, IDECAT etc.), is a *guest lecturer at Delft University of Technology and a member of the Board of the Netherlands Catalysis Society.

In 2018 Bob joined Petrogenium as Principal Consultant in Hydrocracking, Catalyst Technology and Residue Upgrading.

Credentials
PhD Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Amsterdam, 1987
MSc Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Amsterdam, 1982

Areas of Specialization
Residue Hydroconversion, Hydrocracking, Hydroprocessing, Catalysis, Catalyst Design and Application, R&D Management and Implementation, Commercial Services, Troubleshooting, Margin Improvement, Coaching & Training

 

Brigitte Soella

Principal Consultant Aromatics Extraction and Distillation processes

Brigitte is a passionate leader in the field of Process Engineering, Refinery Technology and Operations. Over the last 30 years Brigitte obtained a set of valuable insights to all process engineering aspects whilst working internationally in the field of Refinery Process Technology Design and Operations.

In particular, Brigitte is recognized as a world-class expert in Aromatics and Distillation Technologies. She was responsible for many feasibility, configuration, rejuvenation and debottlenecking studies to enhance value creation of one of the biggest refineries in Europe. Further she supported many Shell internal and external clients by delivering various feasibility, debottlenecking, detailed design, start-up and commissioning, operations and operational support studies or in-the-field jobs. Doing so she contributed actively to the margin improvement of many refineries in Europe and the Far East.

Brigitte knows how to facilitate a process engineering project from idea generation to successful start-up and she shares our passion for coaching of young engineers in the field. Brigitte joined Petrogenium in 2017 as Principal Consultant Aromatics Extraction and Distillation Technologies.

Charu Ehrenreich

Senior Consultant Hydroprocessing, Sustainable Fuels and Green Chemicals

Charu is a passionate chemical engineer with 20 years’ international experience with specific areas of expertise in: Hydroprocessing and Hydrotreating Technologies, techno-economical refinery, chemical and bio process evaluations, biochemical and biofuel R&D design and implementation. Charu worked in Shell R&D and Shell’s Technology consulting team out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for her global Shell and 3rd party customer base. Over the years she developed a deep expertise in many bio-based technologies she evaluated on behalf of Shell to be part of Shell’s renewable strategy. She coached many junior engineers and was hydroprocessing course focal point and lecturer at the Shell Open University.

As well as her very broad technical experience, Charu understands the cultural impact of outstanding services delivery very well and she worked for customers in Europe, in America and in the Far East.

Egbert van Hoorn

Principal Consultant Amine Treating and Sulphur Processes

Egbert has spent almost his entire career of 35 years in the technical support and troubleshooting of Amine units, Sour Water Strippers, Sulphur Recovery Units and Claus Tailgas Treating Units for a variety of companies serving customers worldwide. He developed very successful training seminars for Amine and SWS as well as for SRU that he has presented more than 100 times.
Egbert joined Petrogenium in 2016, as Principal Consultant Sulphur and Treating Processes.
While working at many different operating sites in the Downstream Oil, Upstream and Petrochemicals industry, he has gained sound understanding of the integration of Amine, SWS, SRU and Claus Tailgas Treating units in oil refineries and gas plants. He has expert knowledge on the presence of trace contaminants causing foaming, corrosion or solvent degradation in the various sour streams.
In the Oil and Gas industry Egbert is considered a world-class Amine, SWS and SRU expert that is very passionate about creating value for the customer and is willing to share his know-how in an open way.
Deep expertise in theoretical and applied Research and Development as well as operating experience of HDS units complement his profile.

Eugen Hofmann

Managing Consultant Refinery Technologies / Primary Distillation

Eugen is a very passionate technical leader and world-class process engineer with more than 40 years’ international hands-on experience in Refinery Process Technologies and Refinery Operations. In the world of refining he is in particular recognized as world-class expert in the Distillation Technologies.

Eugen held a variety of leading positions in Refineries and Shells’ Technical head office in the areas of Distillation and Thermal Conversion Technology and Technical and Operational Management. Besides this technical roles he has extensive experience in being bottom line responsible for the HSE performance a country in that Shell operated.

After leaving Shell in 2006, Eugen worked successfully as independent industry expert in the field of Distillation and Refinery Technology support. He joined Petrogenium in 2017 as Principal Consultant Refinery Technologies / Primary Distillation.

He is an expert user of various Distillation Process Simulation & Pinch Analysis and Process Integration tools.

Besides his very deep technical and operational expertise, Eugen understands the cultural impact of outstanding services delivery very well. Working in multi-cultural organizations and motivating, guiding and coaching people to deliver a world-class performance is one of his major strengths. He worked for many customers in Europe, the Middle and in the Far East.

Eugen is a very passionate technical leader and world-class process engineer with more than 40 years’ international hands-on experience in Refinery Process Technologies and Refinery Operations. In the world of refining he is in particular recognized as world-class expert in the Distillation Technologies.

Eugen held a variety of leading positions in Refineries and Shells’ Technical head office in the areas of Distillation and Thermal Conversion Technology and Technical and Operational Management. Besides this technical roles he has extensive experience in being bottom line responsible for the HSE performance a country in that Shell operated.

After leaving Shell in 2006, Eugen worked successfully as independent industry expert in the field of Distillation and Refinery Technology support. He joined Petrogenium in 2017 as Principal Consultant Refinery Technologies / Primary Distillation.

He is an expert user of various Distillation Process Simulation & Pinch Analysis and Process Integration tools.

Besides his very deep technical and operational expertise, Eugen understands the cultural impact of outstanding services delivery very well. Working in multi-cultural organizations and motivating, guiding and coaching people to deliver a world-class performance is one of his major strengths. He worked for many customers in Europe, the Middle and in the Far East.

Frank Oehlschlaeger

Principal Consultant Treating and Sulphur Processes

Frank is a world-class expert, with a very broad experience in gas and liquid treating aspects like Amine and Caustic Treatment, Sour Water Stripping, Sulphur Recovery, Tail Gas Treatment and Adsorption processes.

Frank’s experience covers all relevant aspects from modelling and design (new units, revamp, debottlenecking), treating concept development, operation, troubleshooting, (pre-) commissioning, start-up, training seminars and  coaching. 

Prior to joining Petrogenium, he worked for 28 years with Shell in various refining technology, leadership, project organization and technology consulting positions.

Frans van den Berg

Principal Consultant Residue Upgrading, Crude Oil and Product Quality

Frans is a passionate leader, researcher and world-class expert with more than 35 years’ international experience in Syngas Technologies, Catalysis, Residue Hydroconversion, Gas treating, Crude Oil, Heavy Fuel, Jet Fuel Product Qualities and Emerging Technologies in the Heavy Oil field.

Frans held a variety of technology and managing positions in Shell and was over many years on the forefront of Shell’s innovation strategy of the “bottom-of-the-barrel” commercial products and upgrading technologies.

He authored and co-authored some 30 publications and presentations at international conferences and has twelve patents in his name.

He joined Petrogenium as Principal Consultant Residue Upgrading, Crude Oil and Product Quality in 2017.

Gerhard Koebe

Managing Consultant Downstream Commercial

Gerhard is an all-round commercial expert of the Downstream Oil Industry. He developed his extensive expertise, during 35+ years hands-on work in various positions for Shell and Shell Joint ventures. Despite being based most of his career in Germany, he led successfully for many years international sales teams across Central and Eastern Europe.
Gerhard is very passionate about maximising value creation for customers and has an outstanding track record of success in a variety of projects in Business-2-Consumer, Business-2-Business sales, marketing and merger & acquisition support.
Gerhard joined Petrogenium in 2017 as Managing Consultant.
Throughout his career Gerhard obtained very deep expertise in change management whilst leading complex company restructurings and joint venture integrations. He knows how to manage customer handover, harmonizing of contracts and integration of whole Customer Service Centers and their staff successfully.
He contributed and led highly sensitive commercial negotiations and acquired hands-on experience in lobby- and association work.
Gerhard operated in diverse and sometimes challenging multicultural environments, he knows the daily challenge of leading multinational teams.
Gerhard shares our passion of know-how transfer and enjoys passing on his extensive knowledge via tailor made consulting or coaching activities.

Jari Marci

Principal Consultant Distillation , Thermal Conversion and Gas Processing

Jari is a passionate process engineer with many years experience in Refinery and Mid-Stream Process Technology design, licensing, start-up, operation, research & development and customer unit support. His specific areas of expertise cover residue processing technologies with an emphasis on Visbreaking and Thermal Cracking. Jari has successfully designed and revamped numerous thermal conversion units including novel design concepts and energy integration schemes as well as extensive shutdown and started-up experience. He is familiar with troubleshooting various Visbreaking and Thermal Cracking processes inside and outside Shell. Besides his core competency and admiration for the black-side of Refining, he acquired expertise in Gas Treating, general Gas Processing and Distillation.

Jari reached his level of expertise whilst working for Shell in Germany and Shell’s Technology consulting team for Downstream and Midstream Processes in the Netherlands where he was responsible for a global Shell, Joint Venture and external client base.

In 2018 Jari left Shell and joined Petrogenium as Principal Consultant Thermal Conversion Technologies and Gas Processing.

Jan Pranger

Principal Consultant industrial and process safety

In 1985 Jan joined a major Dutch engineering and consulting company. Over a 12 year period he acquired extensive consulting and design skills in many branches of industry. Eventually Jan shifted his consulting activities to industrial and process safety.

In 1998, Jan started his private consulting business. In 2004-2005 he followed the postdoc study; Management of Safety, Health and Environment (MoSHE) at Delft University of Technology. Jan is also an accredited Tripod Beta Assessor, Practitioner and Trainer.

Credentials
Degrees:
• Master of Safety, Health and Environment, Delft University of Technology (2005)
• M. Sc. Chemical Technology, Delft University of Technology (1987)

Registrations:
• European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations, EurOSHM Registration: 11733530659
• Tripod Beta Assessor, Trainer and Practitioner, accredited by the Stichting Tripod Foundation

Egbert is a world-class expert, with a very broad experience in refinery treating aspects like Amine Treatment, Sour Water Stripping, Sulphur Recovery ,Tail Gas Treatment and Hydro-desulphurisation.

Egbert’s experience covers all relevant aspects from design, modelling, training seminars, coaching and in particularly troubleshooting in the field. Egbert has broad experience with Troubleshooting activities in Amine units, sulphur plants, Merox units and FCC LPG units.

Prior to joining Petrogenium, he worked with Shell International, Shell Recherche SA in Grand Couronne France, the Huntsman Corporation and as Senior Consultant with Sulphur Amine Experts.

He worked with customers all around the globe and is know for his passion to coach young engineers.

Ruud Keller

Principal Consultant Laboratory, Analytical and Product Quality Services

Ruud knows how to achieve outstanding operational excellence in laboratories: top quartile performance. For more than 25 years he was responsible for laboratory design and operations at varying scales for oil refineries, chemical plants and LNG facilities in different countries. He enjoys developing laboratory staff and sharing his know-how and best practices with our Clients in the field.

Ton Kloth

Principal Consultant Base Chemicals

Ton has spent his entire Shell career of 40 years in technology, operations, R&D, HSE and project functions in the petrochemical industry and central technical support organizations.
He has been active within Shell sites as well as in joined venture and 3rd party operated facilities. During those years he obtained in depth project cooperation experience with all main Ethylene Contractors in the world.
Ton is an industry recognized technology and operational world class expert in steam cracking as well as for catalytic processes for the production of light olefins. He has been involved in all aspects, including feasibility-, configuration-, rejuvenation/debottlenecking-studies, detailed design, start-up and com-missioning, operations and operational support.
As Subject Matter Expert (SME) Olefins Ton has particular skills in the Oil – Chemical Integration (OCI), Combustion systems (large Pyrolysis Furnaces), Energy recovery systems, Primary fractionation / Heavy Oil/ residual oil systems, large turbine/compression systems, deep chilling-cooling equipment & process, fractionation, Operations, Safety and Environment. This is all based on sound understanding of Thermodynamics, Physics and Process Engineering.

Wim Bond

Principal Consultant Fouling Abatement, Fluid Flow & Solid Handling Processes

Wim is an industry-recognized world-class expert with more than 35 years experience in equipment engineering on fluid flow, filtration, solids handling and equipment fouling abatement, decontamination, mothballing, recommissioning and process safety of refinery flare systems.

Wim enjoys sharing his deep know-how and experience in a pragmatic and hands-on way.

Wim Bosch

Principal Consultant Hydroprocessing, thermal cracking, Reforming, and HF Alkylation

Wim has worked at Shell for 35 years in training, technology and operations functions in both oil refineries and central office technical support organizations. Hence, he has a broad background in the technology, operation, economics and organization of oil refineries.

In the period between 1999-2009, Wim was course director of Learning and Development, responsible for developing and delivering training courses on Hydroprocessing, thermal cracking, Reforming, and HF Alkylation.

Wim has lectured all over the world (Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asian Pacific, and Africa) delivering numerous courses for both Shell and non Shell personnel.

Wim has also participated in many energy audits for refineries in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Credentials
Graduated in Chemical Reactor Engineering at the Technical University of Twente in 1973 (Master of Science, ir).