Dutch manufacturer of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSOs) vessels for Guyana, SBM Offshore, has reported that it has reached a major milestone with the construction of the Liza Unity vessel. According to the company, the topsides lifting campaign has been completed at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.

SBM noted that the hull for the FPSO had arrived in Singapore in January last year with the topside integration starting later in November. Since then, SBM said that over 26,000 tons of topsides were lifted into position on the vessel.

It said that all efforts are now focused on further progressing and completing the integration activities and gradually ramping-up the onboard commissioning activities.

The FPSO Liza Unity represents SBM Offshore’s first Fast4Ward design, benefitting from the standardization of the project’s execution plan and using a fully completed and commissioned MPF hull, which sets the benchmark for future FPSO projects.

The project continues to target the first oil in 2022 in line with client planning.

Once completed, the FPSO will be deployed at ExxonMobil’s Stabroek offshore block in Guyana and become Guyana’s second FPSO in production.

The FPSO is designed to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day. It will also have an associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. The FPSO will be spread moored in a water depth of about 1,600 meters and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil.

The Liza field is located in the Stabroek block some 200 kilometers off Guyana. ExxonMobil is the operator with a 45 percent interest in the block. Partners Hess and CNOOC hold 30 and 25 percent interest respectively.


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