The Secretariat of the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo is thrilled to announce the appointment of Fareeza Haniff as the new Media and Operations Director and Kiana Wilburg as the new Chief Executive Officer. With their wealth of experience and innovative vision, Haniff and Wilburg are poised to lead the Secretariat into a new era of growth and influence.
Fareeza Haniff is a career journalist who joined the media in Guyana as a reporter in 2006. Since then, she has accumulated, inter alia, multimedia and communication skills that have allowed her to grow as an individual and quickly ascend to leadership duties within various media outlets in and out of Guyana.

Fareeza has also served in various capacities at the Executive level of the Guyana Press Association (GPA) from 2014 to 2020.
She brings extensive expertise in media and operations management, having spearheaded numerous successful campaigns and initiatives in her previous roles. Her strategic thinking and dedication to excellence will undoubtedly elevate the Secretariat’s outreach efforts and operational efficiency. She also has experience leading and managing diverse teams through her effective leadership skills.
Kiana Wilburg assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer with a proven track record of energy sector knowledge. Kiana embarked on her career in journalism in January 2013, quickly establishing herself as a discerning reporter with a keen focus on politics, finance, parliamentary affairs, and agriculture.
The discovery of oil and gas in Guyana in 2015 marked a pivotal turn in her career, sparking an enduring passion for this sector. She has since been at the forefront of investigating, analyzing, and documenting every facet of this dynamic industry for the last nine years.
Her balanced, professional approach, combined with a deep-seated enthusiasm for the energy sector, underscore her commitment to contributing meaningfully to the ongoing narrative of Guyana’s oil and gas industry.

With a keen understanding of the energy sector and supply chain dynamics, Kiana is primed to steer the Secretariat towards its mission of fostering dialogue and innovation in Guyana’s energy landscape.
As the Secretariat embarks on a trajectory of growth and expansion, it remains committed to its core mission of serving as a leading think tank on issues that shape the growth and sustainability of Guyana’s economy. Under the guidance of Haniff and Wilburg, the Secretariat will continue to facilitate crucial discussions, drive meaningful collaborations, and champion solutions that propel Guyana towards a prosperous future.
The Chairman and Secretariat extend their gratitude to the outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Baboolall for his contributions over the past three years. Mr Baboolall will transition to lead other projects within the GO Integrated Group of Companies.

Please join us in welcoming Fareeza Haniff and Kiana Wilburg to their new roles.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:
Fareeza Haniff
The Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo
[email protected]

Third FPSO starts oil production, Guyana moving towards 620,000 barrels of oil daily

Nov 14, 2023

The Prosperity, the third Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operating in the prolific Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, started oil production on Tuesday.

This vessel arrived in Guyana in April and start-up works have been ongoing since. With this vessel, total production capacity in Guyana will increase to about 620,000 barrels of oil per day. The Liza Destiny and Liza Unity FPSOs were already operating in the Stabroek Block.

See below the full release from ExxonMobil Guyana:

ExxonMobil started production today at Payara, Guyana’s third offshore oil development on the Stabroek Block, bringing total production capacity in Guyana to approximately 620,000 barrels per day.

The Prosperity floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is expected to reach initial production of approximately 220,000 barrels per day over the first half of next year as new wells come online. This additional capacity will be the third major milestone towards reaching a combined production capacity of more than 1.2 million barrels per day on the Stabroek Block by year-end 2027.

“Each new project supports economic development and access to resources that will benefit Guyanese communities while also helping to meet the world’s energy demand,” said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Company. “We’re pleased to work in partnership with the Guyanese government to make reliable energy accessible and sustainable.”

ExxonMobil Guyana anticipates six FPSOs will be in operation on the Stabroek Block by year-end 2027. Yellowtail and Uaru, the fourth and fifth projects, are in progress and will each produce approximately 250,000 barrels of oil per day. The company is working with the government of Guyana to secure regulatory approvals for a sixth project at Whiptail.

Prosperity joins the Liza Unity as two of the world’s first FPSOs to be awarded the SUSTAIN-1 notation by the American Bureau of Shipping in recognition of the sustainability of its design, documentation and operational procedures. ExxonMobil’s Guyana developments are generating around 30% lower greenhouse gas intensity than the average of ExxonMobil’s upstream portfolio. According to the independent research firm Rystad Energy, they are also among the best performing in the world with respect to emissions intensity, outpacing 75% of global oil and gas producing assets.

Some 6,000 Guyanese are now supporting ExxonMobil Guyana’s activities in the country, representing more than two-thirds of the local oil and gas workforce. The company and its direct contractors have spent more than $1.2 billion with more than 1,500 Guyanese suppliers since operations began in 2015. Production started in December 2019.

Guyana’s women can play key role in meeting 53,000 labour gap – CLBD Director

May 28, 2024

To support the substantial growth taking place across Guyana’s industries including agriculture, construction, and oil and gas, authorities must find at least 53,000 new workers. To bridge this labour gap, Director of the Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD), Dr. Natasha Gaskin-Peters said there are a multiplicity of positive outcomes to be had by harnessing the potential of women towards this cause.

During an interview on the Energy Perspectives Podcast, a programme powered by the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo, Dr. Gaskin-Peters acknowledged the government’s intention to import skills. To complement this approach, as well as other initiatives geared at upskilling the populace, she believes women ought to be targeted to help support the nation’s labour needs.

Expounding on the growing demand for labour, Dr. Gaskin-Peters shared that this subject was explored in depth via a 2023 study. That exercise was executed by the CLDB in collaboration with the University of Guyana (UG) and other agencies. It was funded by the Greater Guyana Initiative (GGI), a  GY$20 Billion commitment (US $100 Million) by Stabroek Block partners, ExxonMobil, Hess and CNOOC, for capacity-building initiatives over a period of 10 years.

“That survey we did states that we need over 53,000 new workers and that is across only five sectors and there are 22 in the economy. So, there is definitely a need for importing skilled talent,” said Dr. Gaskin-Peters, adding that it was also one of the overarching recommendations in the 2023 study.

The report also urged authorities to establish a Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to improve data analysis; improve the quality of TVET courses for high-demand trades; and introduce one year pre-university bridging programmes in science and math to allow more students to qualify for degree programmes.

In addition to the foregoing, the CLBD Director stressed the need for authorities to implement policies that integrate more women into the workforce. To help women, particularly those with children, she said consideration can be given to policies on childcare while women tend to their jobs. “…Government has started some initiatives in training and childcare support services but broadening those would be ideal,” said the economist.

From the Centre’s perspective, she said support is offered through its AccelerateHer programme. This initiative offers participants the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of marketing and building their business.

“…This programme has really mentored women and I find sometimes women can be challenged as it pertains to their confidence and public speaking and that programme really helps them with how you pitch your business, how you market, and giving them that sense of aggression within the business community. You see these women flourish after the programme…,” the economist shared.

By leveraging the potential of women, Dr. Gaskin-Peters believes that the country can not only address labour shortages, but also promote gender equality while striving for a more inclusive and resilient economy.

‘Oil man’ Ayuk says ‘produce every drop you can find’

Nov 03, 2023

In dialogue at the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum held in Georgetown, Guyana, NJ Ayuk, the Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (AEC), urged Guyana to fully produce its hydrocarbon resources. The context of his comment was a question about a roadmap for the energy transition of the African and Caribbean countries, amidst the global shift towards decarbonization.

Ayuk stated, “The wealthy nations, they have produced hydrocarbons, developed their economies, and done very well; now, they need to decarbonize. The Caribbean and African nations, they need to industrialize. It is morally wrong to look at Caribbean and African nations and say, ‘you need to go the same path like us.’” He noted that by 2030, Guyana’s hydrocarbon production could reach about 1.5 million barrels a day, which he said is needed for the country’s development.

“Please don’t stop. Produce every drop of hydrocarbons you can find. And use that money to go at your own pace,” Ayuk said. Bolstering this point, he reminded that there are unfulfilled climate support pledges from developed nations. “Where is the $100 billion they promised? It hasn’t come. And then they’ll say, ‘you have to transition.’ Where are you gonna have the money from? [African Export Import Bank] Afrexim  is not going to be alone to power that transition without the money…”

Ayuk, who calls himself an ‘oil man’, has criticized how Western environmental lobbyists have treated with the oil and gas industry in Africa. He has argued that their opposition to oil extraction could put those countries in a precarious position that leaves them dependent on “handouts”, and that African countries should extract their resources, so they can be on a path to self-sufficiency.

“Demonizing the oil and gas industry must stop. We see it constantly, in the media, in policy and investment decisions, and in calls for Africa to leave our fossil fuels in the ground,” Ayuk said in an AEC release. “We see it with lawsuits to stop the financing of projects such as Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas or lawsuits to prevent Shell from even carrying out a seismic survey.”

He said actions like these are not helpful, especially as Western leaders have pushed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and European nations to increase their production and escalate coal use.

The AEC said African and Caribbean nations, through collaboration, stand to maximize the benefits of their oil and gas wealth. And should be allowed to fast-track development efforts.

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