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EPA approves additional 60-day period for flaring, payment increased to US$45 per tonne

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Guyana has approved an additional 60-day period for flaring of associated gas on the Liza Destiny FPSO for the period July 25 to September 22, 2021. This is to be conducted at a rate of no more than 7 million standard cubic feet per day (MCF) during continued compressor operations under current conditions or 15 MCF per day during compressor shutdown for additional maintenance.

An official at the EPA told OilNOW that given the volume of CO2e that has been emitted by ExxonMobil Guyana from flaring thus far and taking into consideration the additional volume of CO2e that will be emitted from flaring during the additional 60 days, “the rate for the emission of CO2e shall be paid at US$45 per tonne, with respect to the additional 60 days period of approved flaring.”

Exxon said on Friday the full gas compression system on the FPSO is now operating and the team continues to perform maintenance and optimization activities with the aim of keeping the flash gas compressor on-line and minimizing flaring until arrival of the new flash gas compressor at the end of the year.

“All systems are currently online,” said Mike Ryan, Production Manager. “We are…using some of the gas to run our power generators offshore. We are injecting and consuming approximately 96% of that produced gas.”

The oil production rate on the FPSO is being maintained in the 120,000 to 125,000 barrels per day range.

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