ExxonMobil ‘slowly ramps up’ production despite damaged compressor
After reducing oil production because of another problem with the gas compressor abroad the oil production vessel offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil’s Guyana office on Wednesday afternoon noted that it has “begun to slowly ramp up production to between 100,000-110,000 barrels per day.”
This increase in production comes as the company is still assessing the damage of the compressor before repairs can be done.
“Teams on the Liza Destiny FPSO have removed the discharge silencer for further assessment of the damage and to determine the necessary scope of repairs and/or modifications.
“We estimate that repairs or replacement will take approximately three months. Additionally, plans initiated in 2020 are progressing to install a redesigned third stage flash gas compression system at the end of this year,” the company said in a statement.
ExxonMobil highlighted that with the increase in production, there is a flare level of no more than 15 million standard cubic feet per day.
“These operating parameters were defined after careful consideration of safety, environmental, technical and economic factors as well as discussions with the relevant government agencies on the best path forward while repairs and upgrades are ongoing,” the statement stated further.
The company underscored that it is “extremely disappointed” by the ongoing technical challenges it has been facing for some time now. Nevertheless, the company said that it is proud of the team offshore that continues to work safely and manage operations efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the company assured that it will continue to work with the relevant parties to rectify the situation as soon as possible.