ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL) is set to undertake geotechnical and geophysical pipeline route surveys within Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
According to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), this exercise is scheduled to conclude on October 15, 2021, and will incorporate the use of the OSV Cape Davis which will display the international signal for vessels engaged in such activities.
The survey area is approximately 12 nautical miles (22.2 kilometres) from the Coast of Guyana and covers an area of 457.4 square nautical miles (1568.9 square kilometres).
Geotechnical and Geophysical Surveys are also being conducted along the Demerara River and off the Demerara Coast.
MARAD had said this operation will incorporate the use of the vessels MV Wise Fox, MV Risen Star and MV Sealand Chirp, which will be displaying the international signal for vessels engaged in such activities.
Exxon is currently conducting a number of public scoping meetings across Guyana ahead of the Environmental Impact Assessment study for the proposed gas-to-energy project, set to come on stream by 2024.
The project includes the construction and operation of a pipeline from the Liza Phase 1 and Liza Phase 2 Floating, Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessels to an onshore natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas processing plant (NGL Plant). The pipeline will transport up to approximately 50 million standard cubic feet per day (MSCFD) of dry gas to the NGL Plant which will drop the pressure of the gas, dehydrate it, separate out propane, butane and pentanes+, and treat the gas to the specification to be received by a planned power plant.
The NGL Plant site lies approximately 23 km upriver on the west bank of the Demerara River on abandoned sugarcane fields.
The highly anticipated project is expected to pave the way for a massive industrial park to be established at Wales. The Park will stretch across just a little over 10,000 acres of land while the pipeline will terminate at Crane.