Flame in Liza good to increase as gas compressor defects ship again
Kaieteur News – Flares at ExxonMobil’s Liza Destiny FPSO will rise above pilot levels after encountering a technical issue with the ship’s gas compressor. This was reported yesterday by the oil giant’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL).
In an operations update, ExxonMobil said the issue related to the seal on the gas compressor. He said malfunctioning will cause a temporary increase in torches to maintain safe operations.
Commenting on the issue, Alistair Routledge, President of ExxonMobil Guyana, said, “We are disappointed that this unexpected matter has happened and we are working diligently with the shipowner and equipment dealer to understand and fix the issue as soon as possible. possible. ”
The statement also noted that government authorities have been notified and regular updates will be provided.
Exxon Public Affairs and Government Adviser Janelle Persaud was asked questions by Kaieteur News and other media entities about whether the temporary increase in torching will exceed 15 million cubic feet per day and whether production will be slower.
In response, Persaud noted that later updates will be provided.
Only in December last year did the company report that it had successfully commissioned the gas injection system, which was stable months after a malfunction. That situation had resulted in the flaming of over a billion cubic feet of gas along with the release of toxic chemicals.
Only at the end of December 2019 was Exxon briefly scheduled to flame gas to fully test and commission the on-site gas compression and injection systems.
However, the company would fire up gas longer than expected, for more than a year in fact.
According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brief, ExxonMobil had said the third-stage flashlight gas compressor and suction silencer had been sent for repairs in Germany and were returned to Liza Destiny’s FPSO at the end of a month October, 2020.
The EPA had said the same was being reinstated and was expected to resume operation in mid-November. Exxon, according to a November update, had expected the equipment to take a week to two weeks of testing to confirm that the repairs and modifications were working.
Notably, in late October, the company had flaunted more than 16 million cubic feet of natural gas, thus making Guyana one of the top five countries in the world for a year-on-year per capita flame.