Before the end of the month, the government is expected to welcome the Liza Unity Floating, Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessel which will produce 220, 000 barrels of oil per day and approximately 600 million barrels of oil over the 20-year lifespan of the Liza Phase Two project.

In a notice published in today’s daily newspapers, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) noted that ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) is already preparing for the installation of the FPSO at the Liza Phase Two Project area with activities expected to conclude on December 31, 2021.

The Liza Unity FPSO started its voyage to Guyana in September having departed from the Keppel shipyard in Singapore. Once the FPSO arrives at the Liza field in Guyanese waters, she will be hooked up to the seabed, which will then be followed by installation of umbilicals and risers, allowing the next phase of operations to start.

The manufacturer for the US$1.14B vessel, SBM Offshore, disclosed recently that the Liza Unity FPSO was awarded the SUSTAIN-1 notation by ABS, the Classification Society. This means that the design and construction of the unit are assessed against and adheres to the requirements of the ABS Guide for Sustainability Notations, aligned with the applicable United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Guyana Standard understands that the Liza Unity is the world’s first FPSO to achieve such recognition for sustainability for its design, documentation, and operational procedures. Examples of features recognized by the SUSTAIN-1 class notation include energy efficiency management, mitigation of ozone-depleting substances, and management of hazardous materials throughout the life cycle.

Olivier Icyk, Managing Director of Floating Production Solutions, commented: “We are pleased to see that the Liza Unity FPSO is ready for the next phase and we look forward to cooperating closely with our client ExxonMobil to ensure that the start-up is a success. We are also very proud to see Liza Unity obtaining the SUSTAIN-1 class notation, the world’s first FPSO to do so. At SBM Offshore we work closely with our clients and our supply chain towards the goal of reducing emissions from our products. This is an important step in our journey to deliver safe, sustainable, and affordable energy from the oceans.”

The Liza Unity FPSO is designed to produce approximately 220,000 barrels of oil per day, to have associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and a water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. The FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of about 1,600 meters and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil. There is a total of 19 topside modules.

The FPSO represents SBM Offshore’s first Fast4Ward® design, benefitting from 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 first oil in 2022, in line with the client’s schedule.


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