Dutch ship builder SBM Offshore has cut first steel on the vessel which will serve ExxonMobil’s Liza field offshore Guyana.
Work on the topsides for the Liza floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel commenced at the Dyna-Mac yard in Singapore.
The FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.
The tanker for the project is being converted at the same time.
The so-called Tina Very Large Crude Carrier was selected by SBM Offshore for the conversion.
Bernard van Leggelo, SBM Offshore FPSO managing director, said: “With the topsides fabrication now running in parallel with the tanker conversion, the construction phase is proceeding as planned.
“SBM ran a two-day safety-engagement event with the experienced teams at the two yards in Singapore to ensure that all aspects of HSSE and Quality remain focused objectives for the Liza FPSO delivery.
“SBM is proud of its safety record over the 34 FPSO projects that it has completed to date and we aim for continuous improvement on the Liza project.
“We will strive to meet and exceed ExxonMobil’s world-class standards and expectations for safety on this project.”
ExxonMobil is the Liza operator and holds a 45% in the project.