Pieter de Graeff leads two teams: a team of health, safety and environmental specialists with a focus on minimizing risks, and a team of permitting advisors who request and maintain operational permits and consents from the various governments involved (of the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Denmark) and focus on maintaining and improving the relations with these governments.
‘In this business, it is extremely important to minimize risks, of course. That is why the HSE team consists of experts in a wide variety of fields, including process safety, environmental legislation, operational and occupational safety, and two offshore HSE engineers who carry out helicopter deck and platform inspections and assist in the planning of large operations. Usually, HSE professionals have received a lot of training in safety and security. With me, it is just the opposite. I studied Maritime Technology at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and have a number of years of experience working as a navigator at sea. I find that this background, in combination with my passion for technology and operations, actually helps me a lot to keep a pragmatic focus on technical possibilities. When we build or modify a platform, we need to decide on the best options for the company and for the people who work there.’
‘Over the years, Wintershall has achieved significant growth. It is incredibly interesting to be part of a company that is in constant motion. Obviously, this requires extraordinary professionalism from the teams. I try to be a sparring partner for them, facilitating their ability to solve issues and problems on their own. I believe that this approach makes the work more challenging and interesting for them, and helps to build their confidence. Operating in this field where technology meets human creativity has been a marvellous experience for me. I have discovered talents in myself I never knew I possessed!’