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Guyanese, T&T joint venture secures permit to do radiographic testing services for gas-to-energy project

Some of the GO NDE workers conducting tests for the pipeline for the gas-to-energy project

GO NDE Inc. is officially the first company permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide radiographic testing for the growing oil and gas industry.

GO NDE Inc. is a joint venture partnership between Guyana Oil and Gas Support Services Inc. and Non Destructive Testers Guyana Inc, which is a subsidiary of its namesake parent company in Trinidad and Tobago. Notably, GO NDE Inc. is a majority Guyanese owned.

According to the company radiographic resting (RT) is a non-destructive testing (NDT) method that uses either x-rays or gamma rays to examine the internal structure of manufactured components, thereby identifying any flaws or defects.

Specifically, this service will be provided for the US$1.7B gas-to-energy project.

A snippet of its 14 page permit posted on Linked In states that it is permitted to store, transport and use sealed Iridium 192 Sources to conduct non-destructive examinations at the gas-to-energy project.

“Many thanks go out to the members of the Environmental Protection Agency who assisted in this process. GO NDE Inc. now looks forward to supporting the gas-to-energy project and all the needs of our clients,” the company said in a statement.

The gas-to-energy project represents one of the largest single-expenditure projects in the history of Guyana.

Planned as a 25-year joint venture between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil with a cost of approximately US$ 2 billion, the project is designed to supply natural gas from the Stabroek Block through a 12-inch diameter pipeline that will run 220km to the onshore Wales Development Zone on the West Bank of Demerara.

The pipeline network will connect to a facility that is slated to encompass a 300 MW natural gas power plant and a natural gas liquids (NGL) plant. When completed, these two facilities will be capable of producing at least 4,000 barrels per day, including the fractionation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The NGL processing plant will treat the gas to extract NGLs for commercial use, and the power plant will use the dry gas to generate electricity for domestic use. Later developments could include plants for producing ammonia and urea.

Exxon is managing the installation of the subsea pipeline on the seafloor to transport the natural gas from the Liza field to the onshore pipeline, with a minimum of 50 million standard cubic feet of gas per day capacity (mmscfd) and a maximum capacity of 130 mmscfd. The construction of the gas power plant and the integrated NGL plant, is managed by the US-based partnership CH4/Lindsayca at a cost of approximately US$759 million.

The project is expected to come online by the end of 2024.


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