On 1 June, the oil company Shell Gabon held an important workshop in Port-Gentil on the topic of "global trends in oil industry safety and lessons for the oil sector in Gabon."
According to Osa Igiehon, CEO of Shell Gabon, the main objective of this symposium was to bring all major players in the oil sector (regulators, operators and subcontractors) round a table to discuss safety challenges and share experiences.
Also present at the exchange of views were Alilat Antesleve Oyima, Director-General of Hydrocarbons and Jaqueline Bignoumba, Chair of Union Pétrolière Gabonaise (UPEGA), the Gabonese oil industry federation, plus several companies, in particular Total Gabon, Addax, Sogara and Halliburton.
Special guest was Executive Vice President Shell Operated Upstream International, Bart van de Leemput. He gave the other oil operators a useful briefing on Shell Group's experience of safety at oil production sites.
In fact, he explained, the HSSE management system (Health, Security, Safety and the Environment) at Group level provided a management framework for the various sites involved, worldwide. It guaranteed systematic management of safety and the deployment of adequate resources, skills, tools, standards and procedures.
"Our goal is to achieve 'zero accidents.' All Shell companies, and the companies that work for us, as well as the joint ventures in which Shell holds a majority interest, are required to manage safety in accordance with our policy and our HSE commitment," Bart van de Leemput emphasized. "The current market situation, with a low price per barrel of oil, compels us all to review our costs. But this must not be done to the detriment of HSE aspects, which are overriding priorities," he continued.