Guyana, a small South American nation, is seeking to create a brighter future, powered by newly discovered energy resources.
This is being driven by a spate of energy discoveries made by ExxonMobil since 2015, uncovering 18 major energy deposits off the country’s shores that could provide the equivalent fuel to power 33,755 trips to the moon.
Thanks to this energy boom, Guyana’s GDP is forecast to grow 26 per cent in 2021.
But Guyana is not doing it alone.
People in a number of other countries are supporting this growth by bringing their skills and knowledge to help with Guyana’s incredible transformation.
Exxonmobil Singapore is doing its part to support Guyana, using its unique execution capabilities and know-how in Singapore to build floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels destined for the Guyana Stabroek Basin.
Christened the Liza Unity vessel, after the first major discovery in the region, this ship can process almost enough barrels of oil each day to provide the energy to drive the comparative distance to Mars and back.
More than 3,800 workers in Singapore have been supporting the processing modules’ fabrication, ship hull modifications, and integration scope. The team even managed to safely restart work following the COVID-19 shutdown period of three months and minimize schedule delays.
While Singapore, located nearly 18,000 kilometres away on the other side of the world from Guyana, may seem like a surprising choice, it was a natural home for the project thanks to the island nation’s maritime fabrication skills.
“It is the second vessel we’re building here, after the first FPSO – Liza Destiny – was competitively bid and awarded to the Singapore yards based on their technical capability,” ExxonMobil Liza Unity FPSO Project Manager, Theresa Allen, explained.
Allen said the contractors in Singapore, Keppel Offshore & Marine and Dyna-Mac, supported by FSPO contractor SBM Offshore, have extensive experience to fabricate, install, and integrate the process modules, steel structures, and integration scope required to convert the standard new build hull into a fully functional FPSO.
“For the Liza Unity FPSO Project, the team was able to increase its efficiency based on implementation of lessons learned from Liza Destiny.”
Once fully constructed, the Liza Unity is expected to sail from Singapore to Guyana later this year, where it will operate about 200 kilometres northeast of the country’s capital, Georgetown.
A combination of skills a world away, using local know-how and global capabilities of ExxonMobil, is helping to support Guyana’s economic future and put the country on the path towards a better tomorrow.