Everything is in place at the Guyana Shore Base Incorporated (GYBSI) to meet the expectations of ExxonMobil and its partners, in time for first oil in 2020, Director of Muneshwers Limited, Robin Muneshwer said. In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) today, Muneshwer explained that in September the facility will be providing drilling fluids for ExxonMobil’s offshore operations. “Schlumberger, who has acquired the Gafoors facility, will be providing the drilling fluids for them,” Muneshwer noted. The facility, located in the Muneshwers Huston Port Complex, East Bank Demerara had won the bid to develop the facility for ExxonMobil in June 2017.
There has since been a rapid development of the facility which aims to be a one-stop shop by 2019 for all the materials needed for the Liza Development, Muneshwer explained.
Currently, the facility provides all the food, water and other materials for the offshore operations. Muneshwer said development is being done in phases and there are plans in the pipeline to provide fuel bunkering, a dedicated heavy lifting area and the third berth for vessels.
“Right now, we have two berths one is already active the second one will be active very soon,” Muneshwer explained. The facility also services Exxon’s contractors.
Currently, the shore base employs more than 130 persons. Muneshwer said this number will be ramped up dramatically as developments continue.