Guyana Deep Water Operations Inc. (GDO), a subsidiary of SBM Offshore, which is best known for its operation of the Liza Destiny, Liza Unity, and Prosperity Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessels, is actively seeking capable offshore service providers to bolster its operations.

In a recently published Request for Information (RFI), SBM, a leading provider of floating production solutions to Guyana’s offshore energy industry, on behalf of GDO expressed its interest in engaging companies proficient in offshore bolt torquing/tightening services, offshore instrumentation installation services, and non-destructive equipment (NDE) inspection.

Regarding the offshore bolt torquing and tensioning services, SBM emphasized the necessity for contractors to ensure the competence of technicians entrusted with the disassembly, reassembly, and tightening of flanged joints, thereby ensuring the utmost precision and reliability.

For electric cable installation, SBM said it is seeking proficient companies capable of conducting offshore cable pulling, glanding, and terminations, adhering strictly to its specifications. Moreover, the chosen contractor will assume responsibility for providing the necessary electric and instrumentation (E&I) bulk materials required for the installation scope.

With regard to offshore instrumentation installation services, the selected contractor must supply E&I bulk materials, while the cable installation work shall be performed by qualified and competent electricians employing specialized tools tailored for the task at hand. These tools, must meet rigorous quality standards, and must also be specifically designed by manufacturers for optimal performance.

The RFI also highlights the imperative of offshore Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) inspectors, entrusted with conducting comprehensive inspections encompassing Visual Inspection, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Liquid Penetrant Inspection, Radiographic Testing, and Ultrasonic Testing. Notably, all personnel involved in these examinations must possess the necessary qualifications aligned with industry requirements.

Moreover, in its RFI, SBM affirmed its commitment to local content development, underscoring its belief that partnerships with Guyanese entities are pivotal to its success in the country. Consequently, it said, bidders are evaluated with a preference given to Guyanese companies, followed by non-Guyanese entities.

The 2021 Local Content Act, a transformative piece of legislation, mandates that oil companies accord Guyanese suppliers priority when procuring goods and services from specified sub-sectors, while also enforcing specific percentages of Guyanese employment within their operations. Moreover, the Act stipulates that for a company to be recognized as “local,” it must be at least 51% owned by Guyanese individuals, ensuring a robust foundation of local participation in the sector.


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