Two months after the gas compressor on the Liza Destiny oil production vessel got damaged resulting in its removal and an increase in flaring, the Exxon company has announced that it is in the final stages of installing the repaired compressor system.
In a statement today, the company announced that its teams of experts are making final preparations for the start-up of the flash gas compressor this week.
Once the gas compressor is fully functional, flaring will be restored to its previous low level.
ExxonMobil Guyana’s Public and Government Affairs Advisor, Janelle Persaud explained that “the team offshore has been carefully and methodically reassembling the various components of the gas compression system, and are now running key instrumentation tests for a successful start-up.”
She said that “throughout this period, ExxonMobil Guyana has sought to strike a balance between safely maintaining production while minimising flaring. We have kept relevant government agencies and other stakeholders informed about the progress of the repairs and reinstallation”.
The damaged compressor had to be shipped to its manufacturer in Germany, where it underwent a number of tests and repairs before its return to Guyana.
The increased flaring by the company over the past two months triggered a loud outcry from environmentalists who accused the government of not monitoring the company’s operations enough.
Exxon has provided regular updates throughout the removal, repair and return of the compressor for the production vessel.