A new storage facility to service Guyana’s growing oil and gas industry was opened at McDoom on the East Bank of Demerara, on Thursday. ChampionX, a contractor of ExxonMobil Guyana, said it is committed to operating in a manner that does not negatively impact the environment.
Addressing the launch ceremony, President and Chief Executive Officer, Soma Somasundaram said, “This facility opening is another milestone and an important one in our long and firm commitment to the safe and sustainable development of Guyana.”
He said the company is working to ensure its business operations are safe and efficient, while respecting all of Guyana’s laws and regulations. He noted proudly that thus far, the company has operated in Guyana without incident.
Also noted was the company’s commitment to its corporate social responsibility.
“We are committed to stimulating Guyana’s industrial, technological and human development, partnering with local companies, universities, government and other institutions, fostering Guyanese knowledge, skill and talent development, creating sustainable jobs and generating income,” Somasundaram said.
The company, he added, is already working with the University of Guyana, looking for ways to promote science and engineering.
Mike Ryan, Production Manager at ExxonMobil Guyana, welcomed the establishment of the facility. He said Exxon and its contractors have made significant progress bolstering local content by establishing local offices and moving activities and services to Guyana. He said he is proud of the achievements that have taken place since first oil in 2019.
“I know that the training and capacity building work our prime contractors undertake with their staff is having a positive impact,” Ryan said. “With continued progress and a focused long term, strategic and collaborative approach, Guyana can become a regional source for expertise and support in the oil and gas industry.”
ExxonMobil’s Country Manager, Alistair Routledge, recently said that by 2022, most of Exxon’s supply work will be moved from Trinidad to Guyana.
Acting President of Guyana, Brigadier Mark Phillips, attended the event and thanked the company and its partners for their commitment to manage their operations sustainably, through the development of low emissions technology.
Phillips said, “Guyana is on the brink of transformative development, and it will take every effort and all of our resources to effectively manage this development so that the country can thrive for generations to come.”