Guyanese engineers commence training to work on Prosperity FPSO
Seven graduate engineers from SBM Offshore’s Graduate Engineering Programme have been sent to the Netherlands to officially begin training in preparation for work on the Prosperity Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO).
These engineers are Malik Lewis, Raymond Luckhoo, Kishaun Lall, Paula Ceres, Daniel Troyer, Tanisha Selby and Andy Sattan. They will spend the next six months in the Netherlands working alongside the project team on the development plans for the Prosperity FPSO, which is currently under construction in Singapore.
These engineers were all recruited from the University of Guyana (UG) earlier this year. “Their journey began on July 26 when they travelled to Suriname, where they were placed in quarantine for two weeks, in keeping with COVID-19 protocols. After their period of quarantine, they departed Suriname on August 9 for The Netherlands,” said SBM in a press statement.
Following this aspect of the training, they will then move on to Singapore for another six months, where they will be receiving hands-on training and will be engrossed in the practical aspects of engineering on the Prosperity FPSO. They will then return to Guyana to complete their training, and await placement on the Prosperity FPSO when it begins operating at the Payara field.
SBM Offshore’s Graduate Engineering Programme is a model project that seeks to empower, train and prepare young Guyanese for promising careers in the country’s oil and gas sector. It is geared towards building and developing key competencies needed in the local petroleum industry.
The company’s Human Resource Manager, Onecia Johnson, has said, “SBM Offshore takes its commitment to local content very seriously, and is leaving no stone unturned in the engagement and upliftment of Guyana and Guyanese in the oil and gas sector.”
The Prosperity will be Guyana’s third FPSO, and is expected to be deployed at ExxonMobil’s Stabroek Block offshore Guyana as part of the Payara oil field development.
Prosperity, which will be able to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day, will have an associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. It will be spread moored in a water depth of about 1900 metres, and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil.
Meanwhile, the second FPSO, Liza Unity, is on target to achieve first oil in Guyana in 2022. The Liza Unity will have a capacity of 220,000 bpd per day.
Exxon has estimated that there are eight billion barrels of recoverable reserves in the Stabroek Block, and until recently, it predicted that the country would produce 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. According to experts, 750,000 barrels of oil per day would make Guyana the fourth-largest oil producer in Latin America. In current production growth, that would be behind Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. (G12)