Subsea 7 and Royal Van Oord announced this week that they were jointly awarded a substantial pipe-laying contract by ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) for the gas-to-energy project.

Subsea 7 S.A. is a subsea engineering, construction, and services company serving the offshore energy industry since 2002. The company is registered in Luxembourg with its headquarters in London.

Royal Van Oord is a Dutch maritime contracting company that specializes in dredging, land reclamation, and constructing man-made islands.

The consortium is expected to lay pipes, in water depths of up to 1,450 metres.

The scope covers the project management, engineering, and installation of approximately 190 kilometres of pipeline, with an associated shallow water portion and onshore approach making landfall to the west of the Demerara River, along the coast of Guyana.

On the heels of the announcement, Craig Broussard, Vice President for Subsea 7 US, said, “We are honoured to have been selected for Guyana’s gas-to-energy project. This is an important project to support the Guyanese people and we look forward to continuing our relationship with EEPGL in one of the most prolific and exciting development basins in the world.”

Meanwhile, Hans van Gaalen, Commercial Director for Van Oord said the company is pleased to have been chosen in cooperation with Subsea 7. The official said, “Developing the coastal infrastructure for the project will allow our Subsea 7 and Van Oord consortium to positively contribute to the development of Guyana’s electricity supply which in turn will reduce Guyana’s dependence on imported fuels.”

As previously reported, the gas-to-energy project will see the construction and operation of a pipeline from the Liza Phase 1 and Liza Phase 2 floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels to an onshore natural gas liquids processing plant. The project also entails the construction of a 225 km 12” pipeline to transport the guaranteed minimum of 50 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of natural gas from offshore Guyana to the Wales Development Authority.

Ongoing geotechnical and geophysical works for both offshore and onshore operations are advancing with portions already completed. Construction of the pipeline is expected to start in the third quarter of 2022 and will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2024.


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