Following its disclosure last week that the gas compressor system for the Liza Destiny has malfunctioned again, ExxonMobil told the media today that the company has lowered production levels from its nameplate capacity of 120, 000 barrels of oil per day. The oil giant declined to reveal where production levels currently stand, following clarifications from members of the media. It noted however that those reports are made to the government.
Further to this, the company said that a technical team has safely removed the third stage compressor from the package enclosure on the Liza Destiny and is preparing it for transport onshore.
The oil giant said that an initial examination determined that the unit has to be sent for repairs in Germany where it is expected to arrive on February 9, 2021. It was keen to note in its statement to the media that the full extent of the damage will not be known until a detailed inspection of the compressor can take place at the workshop of the manufacturer, MAN Turbo in Germany.
Alistair Routledge, President of ExxonMobil Guyana, was keen to note in a statement to the media that teams of experts from ExxonMobil, SBM Offshore, and MAN Turbo are working diligently to fix the compressor and return it to service as quickly as possible. In the meantime, he said that “EEPGL has lowered production levels on the Liza Destiny since the compressor failed.” This would mean that production levels were lowered since last week Friday. The Exxon President said that they continue to seek ways to reduce flaring.
In fact, the ExxonMobil Guyana President said, “We are currently injecting or using 88 percent of the gas produced from the wells. We share a common interest in responsible management and appropriate standards for the development of the country’s natural resources.”