Minister of Governance with responsibility for Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Tuesday toured the ship, Fugro Americas which has been contracted by ExxonMobil for geophysical surveys of the offshore area where it found oil earlier this year.
A ministry release said that the 193 foot-long vessel, designed to conduct high resolution geophysical surveys and mappings of the sea floor, arrived in Guyana on Monday and departed the John Fernandes Wharf yesterday for the Stabroek Block, to commence operations until March 2016.
Project manager for Fugro Geoservices Incorporated, Connie Landry Jr., who facilitated the tour explained that her company had been solicited by ExxonMobil to collect and provide imagery and sub bottom data of the location, in order to determine the type of structures that will be designed to develop the area.
According to Patrick Lee, the Civil, Structural and Artic Geotechnical Engineer of ExxonMobil Development Company the inspection was organised to display the equipment and expertise engaged for the company’s developmental campaign.
He noted that this was an indication of ExxonMobil’s commitment to investing in Guyana.
The release also mentioned that in a September meeting with Trotman, Vice President of Exploration, Erik Oswald reiterated ExxonMobil’s pledge to its operations in Guyana and indicated that the next investment will crystallize in January 2016.