TOTALTEC Academy graduates join Schlumberger

TOTALTEC Academy graduates join Schlumberger

World class careers begin in the leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing for the oil and gas industry.

Georgetown, Guyana, 8 August, 2018 - TOTALTEC Oilfield Services Guyana is pleased to confirm that the first group of successful graduates from its inaugural Oilfield Safety Training and Operator Program have been qualified and joined Schlumberger, the world leading oilfield service company.

“This is a true breakthrough for Guyana, our Guyanese graduates, and our TOTALTEC Academy. Our management team and international instructors delivered a world class training program to the highest international standards. These graduates will be foundational to Schlumberger establishing operations and a state of the art support facility in Guyana.” commented Lars Mangal, President and CEO of TOTALTEC. “As a Guyanese citizen, this is a proud moment for me personally. I remember joining Schlumberger in 1990 as a trainee, and the incredible culture of safety it gave me, and we have now given that opportunity to our graduates. My first assignment was in the freezing winter of the Netherlands, followed by the Sahara Desert of Libya; from one extreme to another. An oilfield career is full of surprises. You start at the bottom and work your way up, as will our new graduates.”

The TOTALTEC graduates successfully completed the 9-week intensive safety and operator training program, equipping then with all the basic safety and operational skills and knowledge to begin a career in the emerging Guyana oil and gas industry.

TOTALTEC will commence the third safety and operational training program with 26 Guyanese recruits on the 20 August, including the first female recruits. Ten female candidates are ready for the following courses.


TOTALTEC Oilfield Services is focused on the success of the emerging Guyana oil and gas industry for the benefit the country and its people, through three main areas: developing and placing talent, forming mutually beneficial relationships between local and international service companies, and developing and operating a safe, highly efficient supply base to support offshore operations. The 94% Guyanese TOTALTEC workforce includes 8 nationalities with over 160 years of international oilfield experience.

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New oil discovery to push Guyana’s daily oil production to 500,000 barrels per day

27th February 2018

IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) announced Wednesday its seventh oil discovery offshore Guyana, following drilling at the Pacora-1 exploration well.

ExxonMobil encountered approximately 65 feet (20 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well was safely drilled to 18,363 feet (5,597 meters) depth in 6,781 feet (2,067 meters) of water. Drilling commenced on Jan. 29, 2018.

“This latest discovery further increases our confidence in developing this key area of the Stabroek Block,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “Pacora will be developed in conjunction with the giant Payara field, and along with other phases, will help bring Guyana production to more than 500,000 barrels per day.”
Initially, ExxonMobil had projected daily output from 2020 at 120,000 barrels per day. Guyana is entitled to 2 percent royalty and 12.5 percent of the overall production which amounts to half of the oil profits.

The Pacora-1 well is located approximately four miles west of the Payara-1 well, and follows previous discoveries on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Payara, Liza Deep, Snoek, Turbot and Ranger.

Following completion of the Pacora-1 well, the Stena Carron drillship will move to the Liza field to drill the Liza-5 well and complete a well test, which will be used to assess concepts for the Payara development. ExxonMobil announced project sanctioning for the Liza phase one development in June 2017. Following Liza-5, the Stena Carron will conduct additional exploration and appraisal drilling on the block.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.

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TOTALTEC Oilfield Services Sod turned on first Petroleum Academy in Guyana

9th February 2018

Totaltec Oilfield Services on Thursday held a ground breaking ceremony to inaugurate Guyana’s first oilfield service academy as the South American Nation prepares for first oil in 2020. Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, has been designated Honorary Patron.

Located alongside the Guyana Shorebase Inc. (GYSBI) in Houston, in adjoining Gafoors’ Complex, the International Petroleum and Maritime Academy (IPMA), is expected to have around 500 Guyanese pass through the center over the next three years.

Speaking ahead of the ceremonial turning of the sod on Thursday, IPMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lars Mangal told invitees, the Guyanese owned petroleum academy is looking to “accelerate the recruitment, development and employment career orientations of Guyanese into the industry.”

According to Mangal, the Academy is keen on “accelerating local content development and making this a huge success for Guyana, for Guyanese participation in the (Oil and Gas) industry in the coming years.”

IPMA’s Honorary Patron; Mr. Trotman, in welcoming the initiative called on the Academy to also push in its building of local content, also “partner with the University of Guyana, and perhaps with our technical institutes as well, as we delink in a way and go through the agonizing pains of rightsizing the sugar industry.”

Mr. Trotman was at the time referring to Guyana’s recent closure of three of its Sugar Estates – a commodity which once served as a key economic pillar – and the consequent laying off of thousands in that industry’s labour force.

Government, he said, will seek to ensure a steady flow of applicants for the academy, “because we need person to be able to work on rigs…We need persons to be able to work onshore and to work in the various aspects of the industry so you could be assured that Government will support this initiative 100 per cent.”

The Natural Resources Minister also commended TotalTec on its timing of the launch of its Petroleum Academy – coinciding with Guyana’s signature Petroleum Summit ‘GIPEX’ saying, “it is good that you can see what Guyana has to offer.”

The simple ceremony held at the East Bank Demerara complex, saw in attendance a contingent of North American Investors and Investment Bankers including representatives of world renowned ‘Bank of America’ and other interested parties.

The Complex is in which the International Petroleum and Maritime Academy will be based is controlled by the Schlumberger Corporation.

Totaltec in January last had inked a US multi-million five-year Training Management Service Agreement with First Competence Limited for a suite of services.

These include the supply of instructors, training material and equipment, lifting supervision and procedure development, as well as to provide technical support to the Academy.

The first Graduate Training Programme is scheduled to commence with approximately 25 Guyanese students.

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GIPEX, a key Oil & Gas Conference in Georgetown

3rd January 2018

Our TOTALTEC team looks forward to meeting you during the GIPEX Conference which will be held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingstown Georgetown from 7th - 9th February 2018.


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ExxonMobil Visit GYSBI

ExxonMobil Visit GYSBI

7th December 2017

ExxonMobil Guyana management, drilling and logistics team along with ExxonMobil Houston Liza Development team made a visit to the Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) facility in Georgetown today. 

GYSBI, a majority owned Guyanese entity, is the main logistics hub/shorebase for ExxonMobil's Liza development project commencing in early 2018.

TOTALTEC Oilfield Services Guyana Inc is proud to be a founding partner of GYSBI.

The foundation of GYSBI demonstrates the core strength of TOTALTEC which is to bring decades long oil and gas experience internationally to partner with other Guyanese companies and appropriate international partners to deliver world class products and services to the Guyanese oil and gas industry. 

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Forging ahead in Guyana basin

17th November 2017 - Main component of $4.4 billion development is Liza-1 FPSO

ExxonMobil, together with partners Hess and CNOOC Ltd-owned Nexen are marching ahead with exploration and production in the Guyana basin.

The main component in the $4.4 billion Liza development is the Liza-1 floating production, storage and offloading vessel charter, awarded to SBM Offfshore, and ExxonMobil is moving ahead with studies for a second FPSO for Liza, possibly with capacity for 120,000 barrels per day.

Liza was initially confirmed as a recoverable resource of 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent in June 2016, but this was followed up by discoveries at Payara, 16 kilometres away and also Liza Deep, which showed additional high-quality oil.

In March, 2017, ExxonMobil said the Snoek well encounteed 82 feet of high quality oil, and this was followed by the Payara-2 well, which hit 59 feet of pay.

Most recently in October, the US giant announced the Turbot-1 well, which encountered a reservoir of 75 feet of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone in the primary objective.

Well drilled

This latest well was drilled in 1802 metres of water in the south-eastern portion of the Stabroek Block, about 48 kilometres south-east of the Liza phase one location. Another well on Turbot is planned for 2018.

Drillship Stena Carron has moved to spud the Ranger prospect, which is in around 2500 metres of water and is the deepest wildcat yet on the play.

ExxonMobil is currently using a Petroluem Geo-Services vessel to shoot seismic intended to provide the baseline for 4D coverage of Liza and other discoveries.

The US giant has just been through a round of contractual renewals from suppliers, slashing rates by 40% for items such as drill fluids and cementing, with Halliburton losing some of its early dominance in the region.

An extension on the Stena Carron contract is understood to have lowered the dayrate to around $250,000.

ExxonMobil has also chartered the drillship Noble Bob Douglas for a three-year stint drilling development wells.

Elsewhere in the offshore, Tullow Oil recently shot 3D seismic in the Orinduik block, but is equally focused on its 30% participation in the Repsol-operated Kanuku block, where the partners see good prospectivity for medium-sized discoveries up-dip from the Liza trend.

“Its just a matter of finding oil-bearing sands. Liza has not captured all the oil. Some of it migrated up-dip. Are we going to find 2 billion barrels? No. But if we find 300 million in shallow water... perfect," a manager with Tullow Oil commented.

Tullow has also expressed formal interest in initiating negotiations to acquire exploration rights in an onshore area in the Takatu basin, deep in the forested interior of southwestern Guyana.

This request met with a cautious response because Guyana wants to set rigorous standards in environmental and community relations management.

The region was the location of the Karanambo-1 well, drilled in 1982 by Home Oil Company, where light oil shows were detected but with geological characteristics that are mainly naturally fractured reservoirs.

Other wells drilled in the Takatu basin are Lethem-1 in 1980, Turantsink-1 in 1992 and Apoteri K2 in 2011.

Kenya success

Tullow’s application cites its successes in Kenya in similar shallow-basin geological formations and expresses confidence in the prospectivity of a basin that spans 5500 square kilometres.

Guyana’s Environmental Protection Act, Regulations & Guidelines contain provisions addressing the conduct and performance of activities within the extractive industries, including requirements to submit an environmental impact assessment and management plans and, if drilling is involved, response plans.

Permits are issued by the Department of the Environment, but the petroleum aspects of this legislation are included in an ongoing revision of the regulatory framework.

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Guyana aims to make the most out of Liza

17th November 2017 - Exploration managers flock to Georgetown technical conference — while anxieties rise over how country will cope with huge influx in revenues

The excitement generated in Guyana by ExxonMobil’s giant Liza discovery was in evidence last week when exploration managers from a host of companies packed out an AAPG technical conference on the deep-water exploration of the Colombus and Guyana basins in Georgetown.

Those attending would dearly love to emulate ExxonMobil’s success in finding the Liza trend.

However, they may also have noticed a tangible sense of anxiety among some Guyanans about how their their country will cope with an influx of revenues from powerful oil companies.

Guyana’s current regulatory framework is grounded upon the country’s outdated 1986 Petroleum Exploration and Production Act and, to help tackle this, the Commonwealth Secretariat is playing a consulting role in examining legislation as part of an upstream policy review.

Petroleum Commission

The Guyanan authorities have also been drawing up plans for a new regulatory agency, to be called the Petroleum Commission of Guyana.

These proposals are in select committee stage at the national assembly and will be reviewed by the Commonwealth Secretariat’s legal department later this month.

“We have received scores of memoranda because it seems that everyone has a view on what type of commission we should have,” Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told Upstream.

“We started off with a remit to model the regulatory agency along the lines of other commissions in Guyana, but there has been a loud call for more autonomy," he said.

“The government is carrying out its own review to see if we can accommodate some of these views.”

A new petroleum act will also seek to define rules on reservoir unitisation and there will be complementary regulations covering areas such as health and safety and environmental matters, Trotman added.

This draft regulatory framework is expected to go through more alterations before a final vote, but Trotman said he expects the law to be in place in the first quarter of 2018.

Guyana’s government has been working with an international consultant specialising in local content with the aim of coming up with a draft policy proposal by the end of the year. These consultations have thrown up the idea that Brazil’s experiment with highly prescriptive local content did not work, yet Trotman acknowledges there are still a lot of calls in Guyana for some kind of percentages to apply.

“Obviously we would like to see as many Guyanans involved as possible, but we need to foster training and manage expectations. Many Guyanans think they have a right to jobs, but not everyone can put on a pair of overalls and work on an FPSO,” Trotman said.

Government figures suggest Guyana will be raking in $300 million per annum from the first phase of Liza alone, which Trotman describes as a “huge amount of money.”

Responding to this, Guyana’s government has drafted legislation for a sovereign wealth fund, an initiative being led by the Ministry of Finance in consultation with the IMF and the World Bank.

“We will have an Act before the start of production in 2020,” Trotman said, declining to comment on the amount of money involved.

“Many have recommended the Norwegian model, which puts the overwhelming majority into savings. This model undoubtedly has some very admirable features but I think we should craft something that is uniquely suited to Guyana, which is a developing country with a deficiency in infrastructure and also on the social welfare side of things,” he added.

Guyana President David Granger’s administration also hopes to use the boom in oil revenues to provide leverage for the development of Guyana’s interior, including paving the long jungle and savannah road to the Brazilian border.

“We see the future of Guyana as the development of our hinterlands. As we create roads, new communities, hospitals and schools will necessarily follow, Trotman said. “Obviously we will have to weigh development against preservation, as the beauty of this region is in the pristine state of its environment.”

Guyana has also been trying to attain full membership of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which is potentially at odds with non-disclosure of the terms of the ExxonMobil Stabroek block contract.

Dominant position

Being in such a dominant position on a block that spans 26,800 square kilometres and seems to hold all the best prospects on this trend, ExxonMobil is in no rush to disclose any information that could help competitors.

The original Stabroek contract, dating back to 1999 was in the public domain, but re-negotations after a period of force majeure were not disclosed

Upstream understands the first exploration period was extended to four years, with two additional periods of up to three years each, but acreage percentages for relinquishment were settled at the time of negotiating.

“All of us in government wish to have everything in the public domain and we are being advised by foreign consultants and experts on this. We expect all contracts, not just ExxonMobil’s, to be public by the end of 2018,” Trotman said.

The recent decision by US President Donald Trump’s administration’s to withdraw from the EITI has not changed Guyana’s position on transparency, Trotman added.

As for new licensing, Guyana is considering a move away from a policy of maintaining an open door and negotiating areas individually.

“We are currently considering whether to have a hybrid of that, with some competitive bidding and negotiations, or perhaps wholly based competitive bidding,” Trotman said. The Garner administration has refrained from issuing new licences since taking office in 2015, preferring to focus on the regulatory review.

The one exception so far was the Orinduik offshore area licensed to Tullow, but all the groundwork for that was done during the previous administration.

“We are in no rush to go out and look for new operators. Opting for slow, cautious development with a few critical partners suits a nation of our size and relative development more than chasing a proliferation of operators to bring in as much money as possible,” Trotman said.

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Tanker sails into Singapore for ExxonMobil Guyana Liza FPSO conversion

14th Nov 2017 - FPSO conversion for ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 1 development in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana.

Offshore staff

MONACO – The Bahamas-flagged VLCC Tina has arrived at Keppel Shipyard in Singaporewhere it will undergo conversion for ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 1 developmentin the Stabroek block offshore Guyana.

This follows main contractor SBM Offshore’s completion of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) and a final investment decision by ExxonMobil and its partners to go ahead with the project this June.

The conversion will include upgrade work on the hull and integration of the topsides.

When completed, the FPSO will be able to produce up to 120,000 b/d of oil, with associated gas treatment capacity of around 170 MMcf/d and water injection capacity of roughly 200,000 b/d.

Aside from the conversion, SBM Offshore will be responsible for installing, leasing, and operating the vessel.


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Total strikes provisional deal for offshore Guyana farm-in

26th September 2017

Offshore staff

TORONTO – Total has secured an option agreement to acquire a 25% interest from Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas in the Orinduik block offshore Guyana.

Currently Eco Guyana has a 40% share of the block, with operator Tullow holding the remaining 60%.

The concession offsets a line of discovery wells operated by ExxonMobil in its Stabroek block in the Guyana-Suriname basin, with combined estimated resources of 2.25-2.75 Bbbl of recoverable oil.

Total will make an immediate payment of $1 million for the option to farm in to the block, at a total cost of $13.5 million. It must exercise this option within 120 days of the completion of processing of recently acquired 3D seismic over Orinduik.

According to Eco, exploratory wells offshore Guyana cost around $35 million to drill, so if the transaction goes ahead, its share of future costs will be around $5.25 million per well.

The partners are considering drilling at least two wells on the block.


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Noble drillship to work for ExxonMobil offshore Guyana

18th August 2017 - ExxonMobil has awarded the drillship Noble Bob Douglas a three-year contract for offshore Guyana.


LONDON Noble Corp. has issued an update on its offshore drilling rig fleet.

ExxonMobil has awarded the drillship Noble Bob Douglas a three-year contract for offshore Guyana. The contract is expected to begin in 1Q/2Q 2018 and end in 1Q/2Q 2021. The day rate was not disclosed.

In October, the Noble Bob Douglas is expected to drill for Tullow Oil at the Araku prospect offshore Suriname.

Hess has awarded the semisubmersible Noble Paul Romano a three-month extension in the US Gulf of Mexico. The estimated contract duration is early October 2017 to late December 2017 at a day rate of $115,000.

Late last month the jackup Noble Houston Colbert completed a program offshore Qatar and is currently warm stacked while Noble assesses opportunities in and outside the Middle East.


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