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Guyanese company seeking EPA approval to set up oil well cement warehouse

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Toolsie Persaud Limited, a Guyanese family-owned business that has been in operation for over eight decades, is hoping to be a major supplier for ExxonMobil and other companies operating offshore the South American country. With the creation of its subsidiary, Vista Trading and Logistics (Guyana) Limited, Toolsie Persaud has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval to construct a warehouse that would be used for storing and distributing oil-well cement for the offshore petroleum industry.

Oil-well cement is used at varying extremes of depth, temperature, and pressure, the company explained in its project summary to the EPA. It was also noted that there are three types of oil well cement: Grade O or Ordinary which is utilized commonly, HSR or High Sulphate Resistant, and MSR or Moderate Sulphate Resistant. Given ExxonMobil and CGX Resources plans to drill exploration and, in some cases, appraisal wells, Vista Trading and Logistics (Guyana) Limited is hopeful that EPA’s approval will pave the way for it to seek opportunities in being an indigenous supplier of this important material.

Vista in its project document noted that it would be importing and supplying the cement to the offshore oil and gas industry in Guyana at its proposed location at Le Resouvenir, East Coast Demerara. OilNOW understands that the proposed construction of the warehouse to bag and distribute oil-well cement and gas related equipment will be located at the mentioned property that is approximately 11.26 kilometres (7 miles) away from the capital city, Georgetown.

The proposed location for the warehouse

During the operation phase, Vista said the transfer of bulk (oil well) cement to silos and bulk tanker wagons for transport to customers, will be executed. To achieve this, it said the ECOPHASE Pneumatic – conveying system or similar type technology will be employed.

OilNOW understands that the ECOPHASE system is part of a patented process that uses a continuous feeding device to feed material into a small vessel. This vessel is equipped with the necessary level controls to ensure the material is at a desired level in the vessel.

Vista Trading and Logistics (Guyana) Inc. also noted that it will be equipped with the 1400 model cement silo to aid in bulk storing of oil-well cement.


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