New offloading facility, heavy haul road to be constructed for gas-to-energy project

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A new Materials Offloading Facility (MOF) and heavy haul road are set to be built on the West Bank of Demerara to complement the construction of Guyana’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Facility and Power Plant for the Gas-to-Energy project (GTE).

ExxonMobil’s Project Manager for the GTE project, Friedrich Krispin, shared this during the Guyana Basins Summit 2022.

During his presentation, he explained that the elements are being constructed to supply heavy lift transport of materials critical to the execution of the project.

“What MOF is, is simply a key wall that extends out into the river. If you are familiar with the roads in the area, they are not in great condition and they cannot take great loads,” the Project Manager shared.

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Exxon will be building the MOF on the bank of the river, across from the site of the NGL with two kilometres of heavy haul road to accompany it.

“The MOF will be able to take loads of about 200 tonnes so we will bring all the loads, all the heavy equipment by barge and truck it to where the site is. A lot of the equipment will get fabricated somewhere else – these are not facilities we can fabricate there because we do not have the capacity,” Krispin added.

The MOF and heavy haul road will be constructed before the NGL, and Power Plant facilities are built. The construction of those will be spearheaded by the Government of Guyana, while Exxon is handling the construction of the pipeline.

The oil major has started the tender process for the construction of the onshore pipeline in June.

The Gas-to-Energy project is expected to transport 50 million cubic feet of gas per day in its first phase from Exxon’s Liza field. This will be the source of 250 megawatts (MW) for the main grid and enough natural gas liquids to meet other domestic needs.

The cost of power is expected to be cut by at least 50% in Guyana.

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