The Liza Unity floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), Guyana’s second oil ship, has begun its voyage to Guyana, having departed the Keppel shipyard in Singapore, it was announced Thursday.
The government, in a statement, welcomed the announcement of the FPSO’s voyage to Guyana, which it said will complement the Liza Destiny FPSO, currently producing approximately 120,000 barrels of oil per day, and which will see the production of approximately 330,000 barrels of oil per day in 2022.
The FPSO is expected to arrive in Guyana by November. Once it arrives at the Liza field in the Stabroek Block, it will be hooked up to the seabed, which will be installing umbilicals and risers, allowing the next phase of operations to begin.
The Liza Unity FPSO has also been 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 (SDGs).
The Liza Unity is the world’s first FPSO to recognize 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.
- Managing hazardous materials throughout the life cycle.
Managing Director of Floating Production Solutions, Olivier Icyk, said: “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 to reduce 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 an 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 a water depth of about 1,600 meters and will be able to store around two million barrels of crude oil. There are a total of 19 topsides modules.
The FPSO represents SBM Offshore’s first Fast4Ward® design, benefitting from standardizing the project’s execution plan and using a fully completed and commissioned multi-purpose floater (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.