ExxonMobil Guyana announced Monday that local companies Denmor Garments Manufacturers Inc. and Caribbean Clothing Company Ltd. secured contracts to produce 2,000 covenants for construction workers building the latest oil ship in Singapore.
“It’s a great example of continuing to build capabilities here in Guyana – making a difference through deploying and developing suppliers,” ExxonMobil Guyana’s production manager Mike Ryan was quoted as saying.
The ship under construction is Prosperity, which will be the third float, production, storage and unloading (FPSO) ship in Guyana.
ExxonMobil Guyana said the first shipment of coveralls has been transferred and will be used by ExxonMobil, SBM Offshore and Dyna-Mac employees.
“As more projects come online there will be more opportunities for Guyanese companies.
“There is a lot of expertise here in Guyana so we look forward to people pushing the limits of what they can do and helping us to develop Guyana’s resources responsibly,” said Ryan.
He said that wearing locally manufactured personal protective equipment will inspire an additional sense of pride among the Singapore workforce and hopefully those who created the quality coveralls in Guyana.
Offshore, North America and the Caribbean’s Head of Regional Operations, Michiel Heuven, added: “In the case of the FPSO, we have looked at the different services we believe can be developed in Guyana. The coveralls are a very good example where we felt we could bring over the specifications required in the oil and gas industry and the specifications at SBM Offshore to Guyana and work with local partners, ”he added.
Representatives from both companies recently passed samples of the coveralls to ExxonMobil Guyana and SBM Offshore.
“It’s a great opportunity for the company itself but more importantly it really gives bigger companies a chance to see what Guyanese companies can supply,” said Brooke Glassford of Caribbean Clothing Company Ltd.
“From the beginning, we have been providing personal protective equipment (uniforms) and 2010 we started with anti-fire units for miners and welders. This allowed us to stick smoothly in PPE specifically for oil and gas ”.
After sales fell by nearly 50 percent because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Glassford noted that this contract enabled the company to re-staff. “We hope that this contract with SBM Offshore and ExxonMobil will really open the sluice gates for more opportunities,” he expressed.
Upasna Mudlier of Denmor Garments Manufacturers Inc. said. that her company “is honored and delighted that we can be a part of this.
“To be able to contribute to Guyana’s economy, we are proud of that approach, and that we can provide more employment opportunities for Guyanese.”
He explained that Denmor is currently acquiring ISO compliance – an international standard for organizations – to further serve the industry.
Mudlier added, “our company has been able to take advantage of the many courses offered at the Local Business Development Center in Georgetown to gain a competitive edge and better serve this sector.”