SBM Offshore kicks off topsides construction for Liza Destiny FPSO

The VLCC Tina which is being converted at Keppel Shipyard into the FPSO Liza Destiny for ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 1 development in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana. (Image courtesy SBM Offshore)

SBM Offshore today announced that the first-steel cut event has officially started for the construction of the topsides for the Liza Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel project at the Dyna-Mac yard.

According to SMB, this phase, in parallel with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for the conversion of the tanker, was marked with a two-day safety-engagement event hosted by SBM Offshore management in collaboration with the two Singapore yards to underline the priority of upholding the highest health, safety, security and environmental (HSSE) standards on this project.

SBM Offshore was in June 2017 awarded a contract for the construction, installation, leasing and operating of an FPSO for the Liza Phase 1 project offshore Guyana.

“With the topsides fabrication now running in parallel with the tanker conversion, the construction phase is proceeding as planned. SBM ran a two-day safety-engagement event with the experienced teams at the two yards in Singapore to ensure that all aspects of HSSE and Quality remain focused objectives for the Liza FPSO delivery. SBM is proud of its safety record over the 34 FPSO projects that it has completed to date and we aim for continuous improvement on the Liza project. We will strive to meet and exceed ExxonMobil’s world-class standards and expectations for safety on this project,” says Bernard van Leggelo, SBM Offshore FPSO Managing Director.

According to SBM, the Bahamas-flagged Tina Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was selected by SBM Offshore for the conversion, the phase for which began in November 2017 with the tanker arrival at Keppel shipyard as announced November 14, 2017. The FPSO will be designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, and will have associated gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels per day. The converted VLCC FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.


  1. I am disappointed about the way that Exxon carried out their meetings with the public not letting the whole community knowing about it even I have many family doing business in #66 village Cor/Bce Guyana where a meeting was held last week.If there is nothing to hide then everyone should know. Also I heard that the Guyana Government is giving out blocks in the oil field and most of it is going out to people within the PNC and friends. It is very sad if this is true.

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