First Liza FPSO sets sail for Guyana

MONACO – The FPSO Liza Destiny has departed from Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and is sailing to Guyana, according to contractor SBM Offshore.

The voyage is expected to take less than two months.

This milestone follows a record turnaround time of just over 20 months for its construction phase by SBM Offshore – including module construction at the nearby Dyna-Mac yard. Conversion of the very large crude carrier Tina into the FPSO began in November 2017.

Once the FPSO arrives at the Liza field it will be hooked up to the subsea system, allowing the next phase of operations to start.

The FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 b/d of oil, with associated gas treatment capacity of circa 170 MMcf/d and water injection capacity of circa 200,000 b/d. The converted VLCC FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of 1,525 m (5,003 ft) and will be able to store 1.6 MMbbl of crude oil.

The Liza field is in the Stabroek block about 200 km (124 mi) offshore. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. is the operator and holds a 45% interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30% interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Ltd. holds a 25% interest.

The Liza Phase 1 development is expected to startup in early 2020.

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