ExxonMobil will be hiring Guyanese to work on the construction of the gas-to-energy project which is expected to take off next year once the relevant approvals are granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Guyana government.
The company has been conducting public scoping meetings this month across the country to provide information about the project and garner input for consideration in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.
The gas-to-energy project includes the construction and operation of a pipeline from the Liza Phase 1 and 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. The NGL Plant will drop the pressure of the gas, dehydrate the gas, separate out propane, butane, and pentanes+, and treat the gas to the specification to be received by a planned power plant.
At a recent scoping meeting, ExxonMobil spoke about the employment opportunities the project will create for Guyanese.
The Project Environmental and Regulatory Manager, Erik DeMicco said, “We’ll look at, very importantly, employment and livelihoods and will make sure that during the project…we provide chances and opportunities for Guyanese to actually participate in the construction of this project, as well as the operation of this project.”
The estimated peak construction workforce will be around 600 persons. There will be a comparatively smaller number of personnel providing shorebase and logistical support onshore.
“We expect this project to take approximately 30 months. If construction starts mid-next year, 2022, the EIA gets approved, we’ll do all the appropriate studies, we’ll complete the designs and we’ll start some construction mid-next year…we’ll take 30 months,” he stated.
President of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge said earlier this year that to date, more than 800 Guyanese companies have benefited from over $77 billion in contracts in support of the company’s oil and gas operations.