Tianjin-based marine engineering equipment supplier, Bomesc Offshore Engineering, has successfully secured a contract worth US$152 million for the topsides integration on the Errea Wittu floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel being constructed for ExxonMobil’s Uaru development in Guyana.
According to Bomesc, the company will undertake the design and construction of the topsides, which will then be seamlessly integrated with the hull of the Errea Wittu vessel being constructed by MODEC. The contract was inked with Offshore Frontier Solutions, a joint venture MODEC entered into with TOYO Engineering to focus on largescale FPSO projects.
The entire scope of work will be carried out at Bomesc’s shipyard in Tianjin and is expected to be completed by August 2025. Once finalised, the vessel will be delivered to Exxon to support its offshore oil exploration activities in the Stabroek Block.
In a recent achievement, Bomesc successfully delivered its first fully assembled FPSO vessel, named Sepetiba, to Dutch offshore oil industry systems supplier SBM Offshore on June 12. The Sepetiba FPSO has a storage capacity of two million barrels of oil.
The Uaru field, an integral part of Exxon’s developments in Guyana, is expected to significantly boost production capacity, contributing approximately 250,000 barrels per day upon its targeted start-up in 2026. The project is expected to cost US$12.7 billion and produce 812 million barrels of oil equivalent resources over a 20-year period.
First oil is anticipated for the second quarter of 2027. Exxon deemed it “the most complex” Guyana development to date.
The Uaru project will tap into the Uaru, Mako and Snoek fields in the eastern portion of the Stabroek Block. This is the first time the group will tie three fields into a single project. The two projects approved before, Payara and Yellowtail, will each tap into two oil fields. Payara, which is coming on stream in 2023, will target both the Payara and Pacora finds. And Yellowtail will tap into the Yellowtail and Redtail discoveries.