Over 1,000 Guyanese worked on projects that culminated with the commissioning of the country’s first Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel back in June 2019, in Singapore.
Today marks two years since the SBM Offshore built and operated Liza Destiny FPSO began producing oil at the ExxonMobil-operated Stabroek Block, providing an avenue to significantly transform the country of 750,000 people.
On June 22, 2019, the Liza Destiny, completed in just over 20 months, was commissioned during a naming ceremony in Singapore. Over 1,000 Guyanese worked on projects that allowed for the completion of the FPSO. It would then set sail from Singapore almost a month later, on July 18, arriving in Guyana on August 29 after its three-month journey. The FPSO was then installed at the Liza Phase One Development in the Stabroek block.
“We have over a thousand Guyanese men and women that have been working on this project very diligently and so to see this blossoming industry become a reality; it’s becoming very real now,” an Exxon official stated at the time.
Following the start of oil production on December 20, 2019, the oil tanker Yannis P set sail just one month later with the first 1 million barrels of oil to be lifted from the Stabroek Block.
Authorities said at the time the first offloading of crude oil on the FPSO commenced on the morning of Saturday, January 18, 2020, and all activities were executed as planned.