In France, Vermilion is a dynamic and growing company that employs nearly 600 people (direct and indirect jobs).
Vermilion strives to attract and retain the best talent, and to create a great place to work –because the best technologies only reach their potential through the efforts of the best teams. Focused on continuous improvement, Vermilion ensures our employees have the benefit of our comprehensive human resources policies and practices, notably through a confidential annual employee satisfaction survey.
We owe these numerous recognitions to the active involvement of our talented team, and to our ability to offer our employees and subcontractors a stimulating work environment in which the values of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and team spirit are just as important as the resources we extract from the subsurface.
Gerard Schut, P.Eng, is the Vice President of European Operations. With over 25 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry, he has strong knowledge of HSE, subsurface, operations, asset development, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Vermilion, he was General Manager of Chevron's E&P business in The Netherlands, responsible for business development and production activities offshore. There he successfully increased the gross production of 795 m3 (795,000 liters) per day in 2005 to 3,975 m3 (3,975,000 liters) per day in 2011, and led the acquisition and development of the first shallow gas development in the North Sea. During his ten years with Unocal in Thailand, Gerard successfully introduced new drilling techniques (slimhole drilling, with monobore completion), reducing investment costs and improving recovery efficiency. As asset manager, he initiated the fast track appraisal and development of the Plamuk, Surat and Yala oil reservoirs in the area around Platong, with production rates reaching over 7,950 m3 (7,950,000 liters) per day. Gerard holds a Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University (1986) and a Bachelor's degree from Henley, The Management College, Brunel University (1996).
Sylvain Nothhelfer is the Managing Director France. He has over 25 years of diversified international experience in oil and gas, including project management, engineering, construction, commissioning of facilities, as well as in production and HSE management operations. He joined ELF in 1991, where he contributed to major development projects such as onshore factories or oil platforms, leading these projects from design to commissioning, in countries like Nigeria, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and France, where he was Deputy Director of a production unit at the LACQ gas plant in Southwest France. In 2001, Sylvain joined Total and assumed various project management positions in Indonesia and Italy, HSE director of the Angolan subsidiary, and in business development. His last position at Total was the management of a large multidisciplinary team responsible for designing, building, implementing and drilling a major onshore project in Italy within the deadlines, budget, and standards of the company and the regulations in force in the country. He left Total in January 2016 to take on business acquisition projects.
He joined Vermilion in October 2017 as Director of Technical Services France, and became Managing Director of Vermilion in France in February 2018. Sylvain holds a Master's degree in Science and Technology of Marine Sciences, University of Toulon and Var (1987), a DEA in Acoustics and Vibration Dynamics of the National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille (1988) and a Master of Philosophy in Underwater Communication from Cranfield Institute of Technology - UK (1991).
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