Arrival of the Ministerial Delegation
Arrival of the Ministerial Delegation

After the customary safety reminder, a set of speeches opened the festivities at the Rabi Training Centre. In his keynote address Godson Njoku, CEO of Shell Gabon reflected that “the discovery of Rabi was a historic moment in more than one way. It opened a variety of prospects for jobs, new technology and the further economic development of Gabon. As such, it strengthened the Shell presence in Gabon. Output from Rabi peaked in 1998, at 220,000 barrels per day, and the field has produced over 880 million barrels to date.”

Addressing the gathering in turn Henri Max Ndong Nzue, Managing Director of Total Gabon, first expressed his thanks to the board of Shell Gabon for inviting him to join in the commemoration of this historic event. He admired the bravery and courage of the employees who had brought the oil field to life and kept it going. “This vast deposit can justly be classed as ‘elephantine’ in its scale. Its history is, first and foremost, that of a great human adventure. It is the result of the passion and determination of men and women who acted from conviction and made their dream a reality,” he declared.

Speaker Godson Njoku, CEO of Shell Gabon
Speaker Godson Njoku, CEO of Shell Gabon

In his keynote address, Oil Minister Etienne Ngoubou hailed the three generations of employees who have been integral to the oil field’s history. He then underlined the efforts made by Shell Gabon to promote Gabonese talent. “One of the major challenges is to reduce costs. It will take a great deal of ingenuity to maintain production at Rabi,” he noted.

Next stop for the visitors to the ceremony was the plaque commemorating the start of production at Rabi. They then moved on to the display of photographs tracing the history of Rabi and the partnership between Shell Gabon and the Smithsonian Institution for the conservation of biodiversity.

Henri Max Ndong Nzue, Managing Director Total Gabon, speaking
Henri Max Ndong Nzue, Managing Director Total Gabon, speaking

Next, the delegation visited the central pumping power unit and the first well drilled at Rabi. Then it was time for luncheon at the Nzaou camp restaurant, courtesy of Shell Gabon. The symbolic cutting of the cake marking 30 years of Rabi was a defining moment of this celebratory day. The guests of the brand left Rabi in the afternoon, delighted at having been present on a great occasion.

The Rabi 30th anniversary commemorations culminated in a dinner dance for the employees, the CEO, Jeremy Harris (Asset Director Rabi), Jacques- Lord Nomsy and Didier Eyi Nkoumou, Operations Managers at Rabi. At dinner, the employees expressed their pride at working on the Rabi field, increasing production for Shell Gabon, and furthering their country’s development.