VLCC for Liza Destiny conversion to arrive in Singapore this month

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SBM Offshore expects the Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) for ExxonMobil’s Liza project offshore Guyana to sail into Keppel Shipyard in Singapore later this month, for conversion to an FPSO.

The program should get under way later this year. The shipyard’s work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as upgrades to the living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, and installation and integration of topsides modules.

The vessel will have a maximum storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of oil, capable of producing up to 120,000 barrels per day. It will also have a gas treatment capacity of approximately 170 million standard cubic feet per day.

SBM has been contracted by ExxonMobil to install, lease and operate the Liza Destiny. The company commenced the front-end engineering and design and early engineering, procurement and construction work scope for the vessel at the end of 2016.

ExxonMobil Country Manager in Guyana, Rod Henson, told OilNOW in September preparation for first oil in Guyana is on schedule and preliminary work being undertaken by key contractors is progressing well.

The Liza Destiny, he said, is expected to arrive in Guyana in late 2019 in preparation for the Liza Development project that will bring first oil.

The Liza field is approximately 190 kilometers offshore in water depths of 1,500 to 1,900 meters. Four drill centers are envisioned with a total of 17 wells, including eight production wells, six water injection wells and three gas injection wells. The Liza field is part of the Stabroek Block, which measures 6.6 million acres, or 26,800 square kilometers.

ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds a 45 percent interest in the block while Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent.


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