Van Oord and Subsea 7 have been contracted by ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) for the Gas to Energy project, offshore Guyana, according to Van Oord’s press release.
The consortiums’ scope covers the project management, engineering, and installation of approximately 190 kilometres of natural gas pipeline in water depths up to 1,400 metres, including crossing the seawall onshore. The pipeline runs from the Liza field in Guyana’s offshore Stabroek Oil and Gas Block to an onshore natural gas fired power plant west of the Demerara River, along the coast of Guyana.
Van Oord’s scope consists of the shore approach, utilising Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) methodology, and the installation of 75 kilometres of pipeline nearshore. Van Oord will deploy its shallow water pipelay barge, Stingray, in water depths of up to 28 metres, and start its operations in mid-2023.
Power demand in Guyana is forecast to significantly increase in the next five years along with their fast-growing economy. The project will support Guyana’s low carbon development strategy, which outlines a plan to replace heavy fuel oil with natural gas as the main energy source. The pipeline will transport 50 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. This has the ability to power a 300-megawatt power plant. The project is designed to deliver significant benefits for Guyana, particularly in generating cleaner, affordable and more reliable electricity.