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Shell has been active in Gabon since 1960.  Our business activities in Gabon are Exploration and Production. Our offices in Gabon are based in Gamba.

Our values
Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people form the basis of the Shell General Business Principles.

Our business activities in Gabon

Shell Gabon operates Rabi, Gamba, Totou Toucan and Koula oil fields. 

Shell in Gabon by numbers

The Gamba field was discovered in 1963 and Ivinga in 1967. First oil was produced in 1967. The Ivinga field. . Gamba/Ivinga is located in the Southern part of Gabon in a coastal zone surrounded by lagoons, tropical forests and savannahs. In addition to the Gamba/Ivinga and Totou oil fields, Shell Gabon’s headquarter and its export terminal are also located in Gamba.

Our contribution
Shell Gabon has always been actively involved in the social development of communities around its areas of activities. Focus areas for social investment are education, health, the environment, infrastructure development support, job creation/ entrepreneurship.

Promoting self-help and economic diversification

  • Shell initiated a Sustainable livelihoods project aimed at stimulating self development of the local communities.
  • The Sustainable Livelihoods Project is a multi-sector partnership involving organizations from the private, public and non-government sectors. The purpose of the project is to identify and implement income generating initiatives that enhance the sustainable livelihood of the people living in the Gamba area.
  • Partners to the project are Shell, FODEX , the National Office for Employment (ONE), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), WWF, the Municipality of Gamba, the District Council of Ndougou, the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Mines and Oil.
  • Shell Gabon established partnership with the German development organisation, Deutsche Gesellschaft  fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement, manage and monitor projects for economic diversification and support capacity building of local administration.
  • Renewable energy sources set up in public clinics and schools around its area of operation(Awoun area)

Supporting provision of a sustainable health service

In conjunction with Gabon’s Ministry of Health and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme.) Shell Gabon has initiated the Community Health programme to improve community health condition in Gamba.

Minimising the operational footprint

  • Shell Gabon has been certified ISO 14001 since October 2000. In October 2001, the company entered into partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to assess and monitor biodiversity in the Gamba Complex of Protected Areas and recommend mitigation measures.
  • Smithsonian researchers and their Gabonese and international counterparts assessed biodiversity at oil production sites and national parks in the Gamba Complex, established a biodiversity centre, and trained staff in field techniques and schoolchildren in environmental education. 

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. Our headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and our Chief Executive Officer is Ben van Beurden. The parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales.

Our strategy to generate profitable growth remains to drive forward with our investment programme, to deliver sustainable growth and provide competitive returns to shareholders, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way.

In Upstream we focus on exploring for new oil and gas reserves and developing major projects where our technology and know-how adds value to the resource holders.

In Downstream our emphasis remains on sustained cash generation from our existing assets and selective investments in growth markets.

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Shell by numbers (figures for 2013)

 +70 countries where we operate

~92,000 average number of employees

19.6 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year

3.2 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day

30+ refineries and chemical plants we run

Our business

Upstream explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas.

Downstream refines, supplies, trades and ships crude worldwide, manufactures and markets a range of products, and produces petrochemicals for industrial customers.

Projects & Technology manages delivery of Shell’s major projects and drives the research and innovation to create technology solutions.

Financial performance 

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  • Revenue: $451.2 billion
  • Income: $16.5 billion
  • Net capital investment: $44 billion
  • Investment in research and development: $1.3 billion


Fast facts for sustainable development - 2012

  • $2.2 billion spent on developing alternative energies, carbon capture and storage, and CO2 related R&D over the past five years.
  • Around $14 billion spent on goods and services in 2012 from companies in countries with lower incomes.
  • Around $149 million spent on voluntary social investments in 2012.

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