Construction in motion for Liza Unity FPSO

September 27, 2019

SBM Offshore kicked off its scope for the construction phase of Liza Unity following FID* by ExxonMobil in May 2019. She will be the second FPSO for our client’s Liza project in Guyana.

Watch the video to see the inspiring progress taking place at yards in China and Singapore.


The Liza Unity FPSO design is based on the industry leading Fast4Ward® program with a new build, multi-purpose hull combined with several standardized topsides modules. Leveraging SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward program with the experience gained on Liza Destiny has allowed the FPSO project teams to fast-track the Liza Unity.

The SBM Offshore teams working on Liza Unity have been able to leverage the valuable experience built up on the Liza Destiny project, as many of the team members were transferred from the Destiny to the Unity project. This experience, in combination with a close working relationship with our client, sub-contractors and suppliers and a firm commitment to safety and quality has played a key role in the success of the project to date across all phases from engineering, procurement and now the construction phase.

*FID is Final investment decision

Editor’s notes

  • The FPSO is designed to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day, to have associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. The FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of about 1,600 meters and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil.
  • May 2019: SBM Offshore announced the award of contracts for the next phase of the Liza project in Guyana. Under these contracts, SBM Offshore will construct, install and thereafter lease and operate for up to two years the Liza Unity FPSO. This follows completion of front-end engineering studies.
  • May 2019: ExxonMobil announced it has funded the Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana after it received government and regulatory approvals. Liza Phase 2 remains on track for mid-2022, producing up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day.
  • The Liza field is located in the Stabroek block circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana. EEPGL is the operator and holds a 45 percent interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 percent interest, and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 percent interest.