Shell: Case Study

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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. With around 101,000 employees in more than 90 countries and territories, Shell helps to meet the world's growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.

1/ Overview

Sustainability seekers Shell Gabon is celebrating its 50th anniversary of operations in the West African country of Gabon.

Royal Dutch Shell is also flexing its operational muscle in Gabon, and has been doing so for the past 50 years. It was Shell who discovered the Gamba oil field in 1967, breathing life into a remote corner of the country and creating what is now a major and strategic oil hub, also the location of Shell Gabon’s headquarters.

2/ Main operations

For Shell Gabon, exploration in the country has not only yielded Gamba; further successes have included the discovery of Rabi, which is not only the biggest oil field in Gabon but in the whole of West Africa. The Toucan field was brought on-stream in 2002 and Awoun, which was discovered in 2005, is due to come on-stream later this year. As well as these onshore operations, which are mainly clustered around Gamba, Shell Gabon also operates two offshore blocks.

Exploration, both on dry land and out to sea, is ongoing. But Gabon plays host to another major natural resource—its eco-system.

3/ Health, Safety and Environmental policy

Gamba is surrounded by a rich environment of grasslands, lagoons, rivers, wetlands, mountains and jungle called the Gamba Complex. Home to a wide variety of birds and mammals, eco-tourism is growing increasingly important to the country’s economy. For Shell Gabon, operating in such a sensitive environment has posed particular challenges.

Over the past 50 years, but particularly over the past 10 years, Shell has been focusing on sustainable care for the environment in which they operate—i.e. the wildlife reserve area of Gabon; and they have done that in partnership with the Smithsonian...
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