Ministerial team visits Drillship


A high-level ministerial team on Sunday visited the Noble Bob Douglas drillship to have a first-hand look at the deep sea operations and to officially welcome the captain and crew to Guyana.

The team was headed by Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and included Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson and Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin.

The drillship has begun work on the production phase and is on a three-year contract which will run through to 2021.

Speaking on behalf of the ministerial team, Minister Trotman thanked the crew for their work in fast-tracking Guyana to first oil in 2020 and said they were impressed with the emphasis on safety.

The Bob Noble Douglas drillship.

“One cannot miss the absolute emphasis on safety in all aspects of the operations onboard Noble Bob Douglas. We are impressed with the unrelenting focus on ensuring the highest levels of safety as we move ever closer to first oil in a few short years,” Minister Trotman said.

The delegation met and interacted with several Guyanese members of the crew who spoke of their delight at the opportunity to work in the industry which is new to Guyana.

L-R: ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin; ExxonMobil Upstream Manager, Doug McGhee; Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan; Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman and Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson. [DPI photo]
The team was joined by Director of Public Information, Imran Khan; ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson; ExxonMobil Upstream Manager, Doug McGhee and Noble’s Drilling Superintendent, Curtis Chandler. (Department of Public Information)

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