The ExxonMobil company this afternoon announced that it has lowered its production level on the Liza Destiny oil production vessel over concerns about a damaged compressor and the high level of flaring.
ExxonMobil Guyana President Alistair Routledge said the company has lowered production levels on the Liza Destiny since the compressor failed and continues to seek ways to reduce flaring.
He explained that Exxon is currently injecting or using 88 percent of the gas produced from the wells, adding that Exxon shares a common interest in responsible management and appropriate standards for the development of the country’s natural resources.
The company also announced today that a technical team was able to safely remove the damaged 3rd stage compressor from the package enclosure on the Liza Destiny and is preparing it for transport onshore.
An initial examination, the company said, determined that the unit has to be sent for repairs in Germany. The full extent of the damage will not be known until a detailed inspection of the compressor can take place at the workshop of the manufacturer.
The Exxon President said the company, SBM Offshore, and the manufacturer of the compressor have been working to fix the compressor and return it to service as quickly as possible.
Last Friday, Exxon announced a temporary increase in flaring above pilot levels in order to maintain safe operations.
The move has come under criticism from environmentalists and other groups which have noted the impact the release of the gas could have on the environment.
In a statement last evening, the Alliance For Change expressed worry over the increase in flaring and said the PPP Civic Government should not have given the approval for the flaring to continue.