Windhoek, Namibia, 4th June 2014 – Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell products and services in 16 countries across Africa, held its annual Safety Day today to focus on safety at work.  Vivo Energy employees and contractors reflected and focused on risks that they are exposed to on a daily basis, best practice from across the group and improvements that can be made to further strengthen Vivo Energy’s industry-leading safety performance. All this under the banner of “Safety is in our hands”.

Wherever Vivo Energy operates in Africa, even in the most challenging environments, the company’s goal is to lead by example and set a new benchmark for world-class Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) policies and practices. Being the best in HSSE is not an objective that sits apart from Vivo Energy’s overall ambitions.  It is an integral and essential part of the business.

“Our commitment to HSSE is fundamental, enduring and non-negotiable and is the starting point for everything that we do: in our operations, in the communities in which we operate and with all our customers and suppliers” says Christian Chammas, CEO Vivo Energy.  “Our performance to date has been positive, with key metrics showing that we have met or exceeded our tough targets in vital areas.” 

In 2013 Vivo Energy delivered industry leading safety performance across the 16 countries in which it operates in Africa with a TRCF ( total recordable case frequency) of 0.35 and an LTIF ( lost time injury frequency) of 0.25.

In Namibia, Vivo Energy employees and contractors gathered to attend a workshop on basic first aid training as well as fire fighting. After the training, employees were deployed to a retail site to share these basic first aid tips as well as first aid kits with its retail customers.  

Managing Director of Vivo Energy Namibia, Johan Grobbelaar reiterated the company’s commitment to safety by adding: “We will remain firm and committed to our belief of Goal Zero, and will walk this journey with those that are committed to our course. This year, our theme is to embrace the ones we love by taking this message, not only at work, but living the values of safety, that save lives, to our homes. Let us all be ambassadors for this very important lifesaving message.”

Note to editors

Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Namibia since 1975.  Vivo Energy Namibia has a storage capacity of 5,115 m³ and 38 retail stations with a majority having convenience retail stores.  Vivo Energy Namibia employs 61 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.

Vivo Energy is Shell’s exclusive licensee in Africa. A joint venture between Vitol, Helios Investment Partners and Shell, we offer customers across the continent Shell’s high quality products and services. Our vision is to create “Africa’s most respected energy business”.

Vivo Energy is a joint venture between Vitol (40%), Helios Investment Partners (40%) and Shell (20%), Vivo Energy represents a unique combination of resources, experience and expertise.

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Vivo Energy Namibia: Corporate Communications Manager

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