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Liza Destiny oil production vessel (File photo)

ExxonMobil lowers production levels in Guyana due to damaged compressor

Liza Destiny oil production vessel (File photo)

The ExxonMobil company says that it has lowered its production level on the Liza Destiny oil production vessel over concerns about a damaged compressor and the high level of flaring.

In a statement on Friday, President of ExxonMobil Guyana Alistair Routledge said that Exxon is currently injecting or using 88 per cent of the gas produced from the wells, adding that the company shares a common interest in responsible management and appropriate standards for the development of the country’s natural resources.

President of ExxonMobil Guyana Alistair Routledge (File photo)

The company also announced that a technical team was able to safely remove the damaged third-stage compressor from the package enclosure on the Liza Destiny and is preparing it for transport onshore.

An initial examination determined that the unit has to be sent for repairs in Germany and the full extent of the damage will not be known until a detailed inspection of the compressor can take place at the workshop of the manufacturer.

The Exxon president said the company, SBM Offshore, and the manufacturer of the compressor have been working to fix the compressor and return it to service as quickly as possible.

(File photo)

Exxon recently announced a temporary increase in flaring above pilot levels in order to maintain safe operations.

The move has come under criticism from environmentalists and other groups that have noted the impact the release of the gas could have on the environment.

In a statement, the main Opposition party, the Alliance For Change, expressed concern over the increase in flaring and said the PPP Civic Government should not have given the approval for the flaring to continue.