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Activities are ramping up offshore the South American country of Guyana in preparation for the Liza Phase 2 Development, set to come on stream by mid-2022. The multi-purpose offshore vessel Norman Installer will arrive at the Stabroek Block this week, as construction work at the Liza field continues.

The Noble Tom Madden and Bob Douglas have been drilling development wells for the US$6 billion Liza phase 2 project which will have a total of six drill centers as well as approximately 30 wells, including 15 for production, nine for water injection and six for gas injection.

“We have been laying pipe on the seabed ready to hook up the wells when they’re finished, and then ultimately connect those to the new FPSO Unity,” Alistair Routledge, President of ExxonMobil Guyana said in a recent interview.

He said the drill ships are now working on putting suction piles in place that will ultimately moor the Liza Unity FPSO when it arrives offshore the South American country.  “…there will be some additional work done by a vessel called the Normand Installer that is coming into location very soon,” Routledge said.

SBM Offshore has extended the charter for the CSV Normand Installer from an original 105 days commitment (reported August 2018) to a 1-year contract from January 2020, in direct continuation with the present contract. The vessel is jointly owned by SBM and Solstad Offshore and has been on a contract to SBM since in 2006. 

Meanwhile in Singapore, work on the Unity FPSO continues, despite challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Working with the authorities there, working with the different construction companies – SBM offshore – we’ve been able to keep the project on course, still targeting the 2022 startup at this point in time,” the ExxonMobil Guyana President stated.

The Liza Unity FPSO will have a production capacity of approximately 190,000 to 220,000 barrels of oil per day and is the first floater being built under SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward® program.

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