‘Good progress’ made on construction of Gas-to-Energy plant

ExxonMobil Guyana is satisfied with the early works done at the Gas-to-Energy project at Wales, West Bank Demerara and is confident that the project will be delivered on time.

On Tuesday, President of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge said he was personally pleased with the early works done on-site and in surrounding communities, describing it as “really good progress.”

In offering details, he said already some 100 acres of land have been cleared and prepared by Exxon’s contractor. This land will be used to construct the integrated plant that will receive the gas from offshore and separate cooking gas from the methane which will be sent to the power plant for electricity generation.

The company contracted to design and construct the integrated plant has also started laying the special drainage infrastructure in reparation for civil works, Routledge told a press conference from Exxon’s Kingston. Georgetown headquarters.

Early works also saw the company spending to reinforce bridges and improve roads to allow for good access to the plant.

A port facility, described as a material offloading facility by Routledge, was constructed by Gaico Construction Inc. to support the project and will be handed over to the government soon.

“We made really good progress on early works,” Routledge said.

A 12-inch pipeline, which will stretch some 200km from offshore, will be used to transport natural gas from the Liza Phase One and Liza Phase Two Floating, Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessels offshore, to the power plant and Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) facility at Wales.

Routledge said contractors have already begun laying pipes onshore and in shallow waters offshore; it is set for 2024 completion.

The main feature of the gas-to-shore initiative is a power plant that will generate 250 to 300 megawatts of power using natural gas from offshore, which will significantly reduce the cost of electricity in Guyana.

The aim is to deliver rich gas by the end of 2024 for the power plant while the NGL facility is slated to be online by 2025.

The gas-to-shore project, which has a 25-year lifespan, is expected to employ up to 800 workers during the peak construction stage, as well as some 40 full-time workers during the operations stage, and another 50 workers during the decommissioning stage.