Canadian based CGX Energy along with Frontera Energy Corporation have indicated their readiness to spud (begin drilling) the Wei-1 well in the Corentyne block offshore Guyana.

The partners have issued a press release stating their commitment to drill the Wei-1 well and that final preparations are complete in advance of spudding the Wei-1 well.

The well will be spudded no later than January 31, 2023 utilising the NobleCorp Discoverer semi-submersible mobile drilling unit.

The Wei-1 well will be located approximately 14 kilometres northwest of the Kawa-1 exploration well in the Corentyne block, approximately 200 kilometres offshore from Georgetown, Guyana

To go alongside this activity, CGX intends to support the Government’s effort to accommodate increased vessel activity in Guyana. According to a statement from the partners, in-river construction activity has begun for a deepwater port at Berbice.

Work has already begun at the Berbice Deepwater Port (BDWP) on a 50 x 12 metre access trestle from the quayside yard westward into the Berbice river, together with the necessary dredging of the river.

Construction of the wharf, perpendicular to the trestle, will follow.

The cargo terminal aspects of the BDWP are targeted to commence in mid-2023 and operation of oil and gas support base in late-2023, subject to construction schedules and supply chains.

In collaboration with the Government of Guyana, CGX has shifted the immediate focus of the Port to service expected demand for aggregates and building materials to support the Government’s infrastructure development in Berbice which must be imported into the region from elsewhere in the country and offshore.

 

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International Energy Conference and Expo hails Scotiabank Guyana for coming on board this year

Feb 28, 2023

The International Energy Conference and Expo is hailing the exemplary contribution from Scotiabank Guyana as the lone financial institution to sponsor the Conference and Expo this year. Scotiabank Guyana came on board the event as a silver sponsor.

Kurt Baboolall, Chief Executive Officer of the IECEG 2023 said “The aforementioned is fully aligned with our secretariat’s and government’s vision, as such, we are happy that Scotiabank chose to participate at this year’s Conference and Expo. Their participation is evidence of their continuous contribution to Guyana’s economy and support of driving the energy conversation forward. The Secretariat looks forward to their long-term support and applauds their decision to be the first Bank in Guyana to take a significant position sponsor.”

The Bank has operated in Guyana for over 55 years and has four branches strategically placed throughout the country. Scotiabank continues to offer a complete range of retail and commercial banking services, including electronic cash management and merchant services. The Bank also offers business banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Ambica Bissessar – Country Manager (Ag.), Scotiabank Guyana indicated “We were pleased to be a part of this year’s Conference and Expo. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with customers face-to-face, and establish new relationships with the business community. We remain committed to providing the highest level of customer service here in Guyana and are actively working on introducing some enhanced products and services, including a new and improved user experience on Scotia Online Banking.”

Scotiabank Guyana joined a range of other local companies that have signed on for the second edition of the Conference and Expo which included ExxonMobil Guyana, GTT Business Solutions, Hess Corporation, CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, and Digicel Business.
The Conference and Expo was able to garner support from the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-INVEST) and the Government of Guyana. The event attracted over 30 sponsors, almost 200 exhibitors and saw over 1000 attendees to the Conference and Expo daily.

ExxonMobil makes two more discoveries offshore Guyana

Jul 21, 2022

IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil has made two new discoveries offshore Guyana to the southeast of the Liza and Payara developments in the Stabroek block. The discoveries at Seabob and Kiru-Kiru are the sixth and seventh in Guyana this year, with the total number of discoveries in Guyana at more than 25.

  • Seabob and Kiru-Kiru wells in Stabroek block are sixth and seventh discoveries in 2022
  • Guyana investment strategy continues to yield positive results; additional exploration wells planned later this year
  • Production from two vessels currently operating offshore has exceeded their initial combined target of 340,000 barrels per day

The Seabob-1 well encountered approximately 131 feet (40 meters) of high-quality hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone and was drilled in 4,660 feet (1,421 meters) of water by the Stena Carron drill ship. The Kiru-Kiru-1 well encountered approximately 98 feet (30 meters) of high-quality hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone and was drilled by the Stena DrillMAX in 5,760 feet (1,756 meters) of water. Drilling operations at Kiru-Kiru are ongoing.

“ExxonMobil and its partners continue to accelerate exploration, development and production activities for the benefit of all stakeholders, including the people of Guyana,” said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Company. “The resources we are investing in and discovering offshore Guyana will provide safe, secure energy for global markets for decades to come.”

The company’s 2022 investment plans include further exploration drilling and resource development in Guyana, where it is already increasing production at an accelerated, industry-leading pace. Two floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels operating offshore Guyana — Liza Destiny and Liza Unity — have exceeded their initial combined production target of 340,000 barrels of oil per day.

A third project, Payara, is expected to produce 220,000 barrels per day. Construction on its production vessel, the Prosperity FPSO, is approximately five months ahead of schedule with start-up likely before year-end 2023. The fourth project, Yellowtail, is expected to produce 250,000 barrels per day when the ONE GUYANA FPSO comes online in 2025.

Guyana’s Stabroek block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds 45% interest in the block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30% interest, and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25% interest.

SBM Offshore completes US$1.75 billion financing of FPSO ONE GUYANA

Jul 21, 2022

SBM Offshore has announced that it has completed the project financing of FPSO ONE GUYANA for a total of US$1.75 billion., 

According to a press release from the company, the project financing was secured by a consortium of 15 international banks. SBM expects to draw the loan in full, phased over the construction period of the FPSO. The financing will become non-recourse once the FPSO is completed and the pre-completion guarantee has been released. The project loan is in line with the duration of the charter hence a two-year tenor post-completion and carries a variable interest rate based on SOFR plus 2.2% margin.

The FPSO ONE GUYANA builds on the experience to date of FPSOs Liza DestinyLiza Unity and Prosperity.

SBM indicated that the design for FPSO ONE is based on SBM Offshore’s industry leading Fast4Ward® program that incorporates the Company’s new build, multi-purpose hull combined with several standardized topsides modules.

The FPSO will be designed to produce approximately 250,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of 450 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 300,000 barrels per day. The FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of about 1,800 meters and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil.

The project is part of the Yellowtail development which is the fourth development within the Stabroek block, circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, 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, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds a 25 percent interest.

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