Photo: Liza Unity FPSO; Copyright © SBM Offshore

Liza Unity FPSO gets world’s first SUSTAIN notation

The ABS-classed and SBM Offshore-owned FPSO Liza Unity has been awarded the SUSTAIN-1 notation by the classification society – the first FPSO in the world to receive it, according to ABS.

As explained by ABS on Monday, the SUSTAIN-1 notation demonstrates the vessel’s alignment with key elements of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Awarding of the notation means that the design and construction of the unit are assessed against and adhere to the requirements of the ABS Guide for Sustainability Notations.

The ABS Guide for Sustainability Notations focuses on sustainability aspects of asset design, outfitting and layout that can be controlled, measured, and assessed. These include pollution and waste; coastal and marine ecosystems; energy efficiency and performance monitoring; low-carbon fuels; human-centred design; and asset recycling.

Liza Unity FPSO; Copyright © SBM Offshore

Matt Tremblay, ABS Vice President, Global Offshore, said: “This notation demonstrates how sustainability criteria can be used for offshore design and operations. We are proud to award the Liza Unity the first SUSTAIN-1 Notation for an FPSO, which recognizes the emphasis ExxonMobil and SBM Offshore are giving to the alignment of its construction and operation with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals”.

The Liza Unity FPSO is the second FPSO to be built for ExxonMobil’s Stabroek Block development in Guyana. It is also the first FPSO delivered under SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward program and has an installed production capacity to produce approximately 220,000 barrels of oil per day.

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The FPSO in early September sailed away from Singapore to Guyana. The vessel was in Singapore for the topside integration phase, which was done by Keppel. It will be used for the Liza Phase 2 development and is expected to begin production in early 2022.