Rudy Weerheym studied Petroleum Engineering at Delft University (1970 – with honors) and business management at Harvard Business School (1981). He has extensive experience in the upstream oil & gas industry in various operational and executive positions.
Upon his graduation in 1970 he worked several years for Shell International. As a reservoir engineer in Shell’s head office in The Hague he worked on the computer simulation of a major U.K. offshore gas field in support of field unitization negotiations. Upon completion of the project in October 1970 he was transferred to San Carlos de la Rapita in Spain, where he became involved in offshore drilling operations. Several small offshore oil fields of high productivity were discovered and tested.
He joined Amoco Netherlands Petroleum Company in 1972, which had just started the development of a major onshore gas field in The Netherlands. He was heavily involved in the development drilling, well completion and testing operations and the start-up of the production operations. Furthermore he performed most of the related reservoir engineering studies and economic evaluations and also worked as a drilling supervisor on several offshore exploration wells on both the Dutch and southern U.K. continental shelf.
In 1974, upon completion of Amoco’s development activities, he joined Pennzoil Nederland Company, which was planning to develop two offshore gas discoveries. During his first five years with Pennzoil he was directly responsible for all drilling and production operations. In 1979 he became Operations Manager, with additional responsibility for construction and pipeline operations. During his first years in that capacity, four more offshore gas fields were developed under his direct responsibility. When Pennzoil decided to considerably reduce its exploration activity in The Netherlands, thus creating a much less interesting environment, he decided to go into business for himself.
In 1983 he founded Scope Energy B.V. Two projects were identified and proposed to their respective owners. The first one in Pennzoil’s block L8 and the other in BP’s block Q8. The L8 well proved to be a significant discovery and consequently the group decided to develop the block. The proposal to BP had a similar result. Under an agreement with Vendex International, a 20% interest was obtained in 6 offshore blocks in the Dutch 6th round with Arco as operator. The interests were sold to Total in 1988.
When Wintershall Nederland B.V. acquired Pennzoil Nederland Company’s stock in 1988 they invited Rudy Weerheym to head and restructure their acquisition. He was responsible for the existing activities in The Netherlands and the Middle East (Oman and Dubai). In view of his deal making background he was also made responsible for new business through international acquisitions and joint ventures. Rudy orchestrated the sale of Wintershall’s interests in the offshore Bukha field in the Strait of Hormuz and restructured the marketing of Wintershall’s share of the Dubai crude production. When his assignment was fulfilled he resigned by the end of 1991.
From 1992 he acted as interim-manager for a small petroleum services company and related R&D company. He also provided management services to a British oil company with respect to the development of an onshore gas field in The Netherlands. Since 1993 he has been involved in several transactions with respect to Dutch and non-Dutch exploration and production interests as well as (service) company mergers and acquisitions. He served as a director on the board of a large U.S.-owned oil company with significant interests in The Netherlands and Denmark.
From 2005 to early 2009 he acted as Managing Director of a Canadian start-up company, acquiring a large portfolio of Dutch offshore assets, consisting of a combination of undeveloped marginal fields and exploration acreage.
As he recognized the need and relevance of (real-time) operational safety and risk management for the oil & gas industry, he became involved with various software companies providing the necessary elements for an integrated approach thereto, covering the entire range from work floor to boardroom. Under his guidance eVision has quickly become the leading provider of operational safety software products.
Rudy serves on the Board of Directors of several oil & gas sector related companies as well as a number of Dutch-based energy investment funds.