SBM Offshore puts safety in the limelight as topsides construction kicks off for Liza FPSO

SBM Offshore is delighted to announce that the first-steel cut event has officially kicked off work for the construction of the topsides for the Liza floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel project at the Dyna-Mac yard. 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.

“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.

Editor’s notes

  • The Bahamas-flagged Tina Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was selected by SBM Offshore for the conversion. The conversion phase began in November 2017 with the tanker arrival at Keppel shipyard as announced Nov 14, 2017.
  • The FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, 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.
  • The Liza field is located in the Stabroek block, which covers almost 27,000 square kilometers, circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 percent interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 percent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 percent interest.
  • SBM Offshore announced in June 2017 the award of contracts for phase 1 of the ExxonMobil Liza project in Guyana. Under these contracts, SBM Offshore will construct, install, lease and operate a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).