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Ben Arentz

Drilling Fluid Consultant


Ben has 37 years of experience with chemical applications in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry. After completing his BSc studies in Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry in 1976, he started his career in oil field chemicals research with Shell in 1976. After working for 9 years on production chemicals, drilling fluids and cementing research, he moved into operational jobs in The Netherlands, Brunei, Oman, Syria and Malaysia. In between doing some more applied research work in Houston, Texas. He has been named the global Principal Technical Expert on production Chemicals with Shell as well as a Subject Matter Expert on well fluids. As a Shell Production Chemistry manager he has been responsible for all chemical applications in an area covering Pakistan to New Zealand. He has been a member of the API drilling fluids standards committee since 1985. Specializing in drilling and completion fluids and cementing technology transfer, Ben has been lecturing these subjects since 2000. He has been giving classes, often combined with practical laboratory sessions in The Netherlands, Oman, Malasyia, Brunei, China and Nigeria. Since retiring from Shell in 2014, Ben has been active as an independant training professional, also presenting tailor made in-house training for clients.

Training & Consultancy Experiences:

  • Consultancy services to Shell Training since year 2001 till 2014

  • Revamping existing foundation training for graduates in all aspects of Production Chemistry

  • Design of training event for well completion engineers in the area of brines, stimulation and frac fluids

  • Lecturing courses in The Netherlands, China and Malaysia SHELL


Practical Experiences:


  • Technical consultant to Wells for Drilling & Completion Fluids and Cementing and to Operations on Process Chemistry and Technical integrity.

  • Managed tendering and contracts as contract holder and/or owner for all applications of  chemicals in the Upstream business.

  • Worked in technical and managerial roles in The Netherlands, Brunei, Oman, The USA, Syria and Malaysia. Provided training to young engineers in most of these places as well as in Nigeria and China.

  • Group focal point for Production Chemistry audits.

  • Operational Excellence technical auditor

  • Recognized as global Principal Technical Expert (PTE) for Process Chemistry

  • Technical Authority 1 (TA1) for Asia/Pacific region, and finally as Manager and Regional Discipline Head for Production Chemistry outfits in Asia /Pacific.