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Guyana searches for company to market its crude

The government of Guyana has launched a search for a company to market its share of crude produced at the offshore Liza well, where an ExxonMobil Corp-led consortium began producing oil last December.

An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

Guyana, which is entitled to a share of oil production, has announced that it is seeking a marketing agent to help it export the crude. In a statement on its website, Guyana’s Department of Energy invited companies wishing to participate to submit an expression of interest by March 12.

The discovery of oil in the Stabroek block is expected to produce some 750,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude by 2025. The production of oil is set to transform the economy of Guyana, which has no history of oil production.

The fuel hose leads from the Liza Destiny to the Cap Philippe for the transfer of Guyana’s first million barrels of crude. (Photo: Ministry of the Presidency)

Most of the crude will be lifted by Exxon and its partners, Hess Corp and China’s CNOOC Ltd with the Guyanese government taking the rest. But without any domestic refining capacity or a national oil company, it must sell the crude on the open market.

The government has already tapped Royal Dutch Shell to lift its first three cargoes. Reuter’s reports that the current search is for a longer-term deal for a marketing agent, which Energy Director Mark Bynoe has said could be a commodities trading firm or an international energy company.

Most of the crude will be lifted by Exxon and its partners, Hess Corp and China’s CNOOC Ltd with the Guyanese government taking the rest.

According to the statement, the marketing agent would be expected to lift five cargoes of around one million barrels each per year, and the duration of the contract would be 12 months. The firm must have at least five years of experience in oil marketing and trading.

The launch of the search preceded the March 2 presidential election in Guyana. The opposition People’s Progressive Party has pledged to review oil contracts signed under President David Granger’s government should it win the vote.

Supporters of presidential candidate David Granger, of the National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) party, adorn their home with party banners in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Energy Department said it would accept questions from interested parties and post its responses on its website by March 7. It said it would not accept any face-to-face meetings with companies considering a bid.