World’s first FPSO to be awarded SUSTAIN-1 Notation is now in alignment with key elements of UN SDGs – ABS

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The Liza Unity FPSO which has been awarded the SUSTAIN-1 notation by leading Classification Society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is now in alignment with key elements of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The SUSTAIN-1 notation demonstrates the vessel’s alignment with key elements of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” ABS said on Monday. “Awarding of the notation means that the design and construction of the unit is assessed against and adheres to the requirements of the ABS Guide for Sustainability Notations.”

The ABS Guide for Sustainability Notations focuses on sustainability aspects of asset design, outfitting and layout that can be controlled, measured, and assessed. These include pollution and waste; coastal and marine ecosystems; energy efficiency and performance monitoring; low-carbon fuels; human-centered design; and asset recycling.

“ABS has consistently supported industry in delivering a succession of technology firsts and leading innovation in offshore, and that continues today,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS Vice President, Global Offshore. Tremblay this notation demonstrates how sustainability criteria can be used for offshore design and operations. “We are proud to award the Liza Unity the first SUSTAIN-1 Notation for an FPSO, which recognizes the emphasis ExxonMobil and SBM Offshore are giving to the alignment of its construction and operation with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Liza Unity FPSO is the second FPSO to be built for ExxonMobil’s Stabroek Block development in Guyana. It is also the first FPSO delivered under SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward® program and has an installed production capacity to produce approximately 220,000 barrels of oil per day.

Olivier Icyk, Managing Director for Floating Production Solutions at SBM Offshore, said the company is pleased to see that the Liza Unity FPSO is ready for the next phase and look forward to working closely with ExxonMobil to ensure that the start-up is a success.

“We are also very proud to see Liza Unity obtaining the SUSTAIN-1 class notation, the world’s first FPSO to do so,” Icyk said. “At SBM Offshore we work closely with our clients and our supply chain towards the goal of reducing emissions from our products. This is an important step in our journey to deliver safe, sustainable and affordable energy from the oceans.”

ABS has a long history of supporting FPSO projects and classed the first FPSO vessel in U.S. waters in 1978 and continues to lead in providing guidance on safety and innovation with new technology that supports larger, more complex FPSOs for sustainable operations globally.


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