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Exxon working to fix new gas compressor issue, FPSO flaring above pilot level

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ExxonMobil Guyana said on Friday an issue has been encountered with the gas compressor system onboard the Liza Destiny FPSO and the company is working with the operator of the vessel to have the matter rectified.

In an operations update, the company said there was a technical issue regarding a seal on the gas compressor on the FPSO.

“This unfortunate incident resulted in us having to temporarily increase our flare above pilot levels in order to maintain safe operations,” the statement said.

Commenting further on the matter, Alistair Routledge, President of ExxonMobil Guyana, said, “We are disappointed that this unexpected issue has occurred, and we’re working diligently with the vessel’s owner and the equipment vendor to understand and fix the issue as quickly as possible.”

The company said the relevant government authorities have been informed and it is providing regular updates.

A challenge with the gas compressor system last year resulted in the company flaring above pilot levels longer than expected. This was rectified in December which saw oil production hitting peak capacity of 120,000 barrels per day.


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