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Prosperity FPSO first to be outfitted with fabricated steel from Guyana

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Guyana grabbed a massive win for local content with the Prosperity vessel.

According to SBM Offshore, it is the first Guyana floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel to incorporate Guyanese fabricated steel.

And that stellar feat was made possible by two local companies: Industrial Fabrications Incorporated (InFab) and Guyana Oil and Gas Support Services Inc. (GOGSSI).

Together, the two fabricated over 50 tons of steel structures for the massive Prosperity vessel – Guyana’s third production unit for the Stabroek Block.

InFab was contracted to provide cable tray support fabrication services, and lighting and control station fixtures fabrication work for the FPSO while GOGSSI undertook the structural steel fabrication for ladders and handrails for the vessel.

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The Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD) has been instrumental in local business competitiveness in the area of fabrication. Both InFab and GOGSSI participated in ISO:9001 mentoring organised by CLBD, and the Centre’s supplier registration portal was used to advertise SBM Offshore fabrication opportunities along with Guyanese newspapers. Supplier clarification meetings during the Request for Information (RFI) process were hosted at the Centre and safety training for INFAB and GOGSSI was conducted by the Centre’s Guyanese Safety Officers.

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“The idea is that the workforce here at GOGSSI, the workforce at InFab share a commonality, a nationality. This is about Guyana. This is about Guyanese picking up those torches and being industrious in this oil and gas sector,” Nicholas Deygoo-Boyer, Director at GOGSSI, said back in 2021.

The Prosperity FPSO design is based on SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward® programme that incorporates the company’s new build, a multi-purpose hull combined with several standardised topside modules. The vessel was designed to produce around 220,000 barrels of oil per day. 

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