| Daniel Lim |
THE Billionth Barrel Monument reopened to the public yesterday, following the partial completion of the maintenance scope which began in October 2018.
The remaining scope is expected to be carried out over the coming months, with full completion to take place before end of this year.
The monument was commissioned by the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) in 1991 to commemorate the one billionth barrel of oil production from the Seria field. It was unveiled by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
With a prominent giant arch which represents the flow of crude oil from beneath the surface; the monument is surrounded by six pillars connote the six decades of oil exploration and production in achieving the billionth barrel, while the national emblem on the top signifies Brunei Darussalam’s prosperity.
Located along the beachfront in Seria, it was purposely built close to the site of the first well discovered in Brunei in 1929, as a testament to the longstanding cooperation between BSP and His Majesty’s government in achieving the one billionth barrel of oil produced and beyond, while also being a key site where visitors can learn more about the milestone and its significance towards the country’s history.
With BSP set to celebrate its 90th anniversary this year, the company has pledged to continue contributing to the nation’s growth and development, in addition to supporting the aims of Brunei Vision 2035.