Currently the company is partnering with Ground Structures Engineering Consultants, which is a geotechnical company that has been working in Guyana for over 29 years. They are equipped with a geotechnical lab.
Chapman said that while Fugro has been working in Guyana for “many, many years”, they only recently set up an office but have been doing seismic surveys and core drilling for ExxonMobil and Repsol.
However, he said that they envision that they will be helping the country to set up a hydrographic office.
Matthew Jurecky, GlobalData’s head of Oil & Gas Research and Consulting, added: “The Liza project will also be well-placed to benefit from any uplift in oil prices post-development. Its commercial success could redefine the basin as a global deepwater production player.”
Earlier this year the partners completed a 6,654-sq mi (17,000-sq km) 3D seismic survey to evaluate the full resource potential of the acreage. In addition, the operator has contracted Fugro to acquire, process, and analyze high-quality AUV multibeam bathymetry, side scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler data, as well as environmental and geological/geotechnical samples, providing seabed and shallow sub-seabed information to support the initial field development. The survey will cover an area of approximately 247 sq mi (640 sq km) in depths reaching 9,187 ft (2,800 m). In February, ExxonMobil began a multi-well exploration and appraisal campaign with the Liza #2 appraisal well.
Fugro is to boost its marine site characterisation services for the oil and gas industry in the Republic of Guyana with a new strategic alliance with Ground Structures Engineering Consultants Ltd. The new relationship will facilitate training for Guyanese citizens and support local economic development.
Houston, Texas, USA
The professionals employed by Ground Structures are experienced in conventional geotechnical engineering and their services include site reconnaissance and geologic mapping, subsurface exploration, data analysis and engineering design, specification review and on-site monitoring. Principal consulting fields include environmental management, geotechnical engineering and groundwater hydrology and the company’s expertise is complemented by a full-service soil laboratory.
By working with agencies in the Republic of Guyana, Fugro fulfils its commitment to support local economic development and, through relationships with local companies such as Ground Structures, facilitates training and maximises job opportunities for Guyanese citizens. As part of this new working relationship, Fugro will provide onsite training at its state-of-the-art accredited laboratory in Houston, Texas, USA to cross-train soil technicians to meet industry standards.