SBM seeking manpower services for Liza Destiny as conversion of VLCC begins

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The Bahamas-flagged Tina Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC)

SBM offshore subsidiary; Guyana Deep Water Operations Inc. (GDO), is inviting companies to bid for the provision of manpower services for the operation of the Liza Destiny FPSO, scheduled to arrive in Guyana late 2019.

GDO said via a public notice in Guyana this week that it is inviting companies to express interest in the upcoming contracting opportunities for the provision of manpower services for both onshore and offshore operations.

The operation of the Liza Destiny has potential for sustainable, long term local content. At start-up, SBM is expected to have a target of 25% Guyanese, increasing to at least 75% within the first 8 years of operation.

SBM announced on Wednesday that following the arrival in Singapore of the Bahamas-flagged Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) which is to be converted to the Liza Destiny, the transformation of the vessel has begun.

To meet the project’s requirements, the conversion includes upgrade work on the hull and integration of topsides, which is being undertaken at Keppel’s shipyard.

“With the arrival of the tanker we now begin in earnest the construction phase of the journey that SBM Offshore is on. We will leverage our in-depth experience with over 34 FPSO projects to date. Our objective is to safely deliver the Liza FPSO in partnership with our client and the experienced team at Keppel by working together as one team. SBM is proud to play its part for this major project by laying the foundation for the first FPSO for our client’s offshore development in Guyana,” said Bernard van Leggelo, SBM Offshore FPSO Managing Director.

The FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, and will have associated gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels per day. The converted VLCC FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.

The Liza field is located in the Stabroek block, which covers almost 27,000 square kilometers, about 200 kilometers offshore Guyana.

ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 percent interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 percent interest.

SBM Offshore announced in June 2017 the award of contracts for the phase 1 of the ExxonMobil Liza project in Guyana. Under these contracts, SBM Offshore will construct, install, lease and operate the Liza Destiny.

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