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.