Bas van der Woude

Special congratulations to Bas, who has achieved 100% in his Principles and Procedures paper for a fourth time

Since the last time Bas attended the IWCF course in 2017, he has relocated to the Hague with his wife and 3 children, and is currently working as a Drilling Superintendent for Wintershall Noordzee’s jack-up operations in the southern North Sea. 

Bas joined Wintershall in 2004 after obtaining his MSc Petroleum Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt. He went through the 2-year graduate training programme, working for various OPCOs in The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Libya. He then went on to work on rotation as a field drilling engineer in the Libyan desert for a 2-year period, before moving to Wintershall Noordzee in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. After working there for nearly 5 years as a drilling engineer involved in planning and operations for jack-up wells in the Southern North Sea, he moved to Norway at the end of 2012. Bas is currently working as a Senior Drilling Engineer in Stavanger for Wintershall Norway, where he is responsible for planning and operations for the exploration wells on-board the Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible.

Bas and his wife Nathalie have been together since 2001. Their first son, Thomas, was born in The Netherlands in 2008 (pictured here, fishing with his Dad). In the spring of 2009 twins (son Jesse and daughter Louise) were born. As a family of five they have been enjoying what life has to offer. Bas tells us, “It has been a hectic ride at times with the three youngsters, but above all really great fun and it has been amazing to watch them grow these past years. They have adapted well to their new life in Stavanger. We are enjoying the outdoors and Norwegian scenery to the fullest!”

A few years ago, Bas picked up cycling on the road bike and in 2014 he rode the infamous cobblestones when he participated in the Paris-Roubaix challenge (170km)! Also being a big football fan, Bas spent the £250 prize money on football tickets to see the Ajax championship game with his brother and two of his best friends, watching Ajax win their third Eredivisie championship title (2013) in a row!


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