Ministerial team visits Noble Bob Douglas drillship

DPI, Guyana, Monday, April 30, 2018

A high-level ministerial team yesterday visited the Noble Bob Douglas drillship to have a first-hand look at the deep-sea operations and to officially welcome the captain and crew to Guyana.

ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson, Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Business, Hon. Gaskin, ExxonMobil Upstream Manager, Doug McGhee, Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman and Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman thanked the crew for their work in fast-tracking Guyana to first oil in 2020 and said the team was impressed with the emphasis on safety.

“One cannot miss the absolute emphasis on safety in all aspects of the operations onboard Noble Bob Douglas. We are impressed with the unrelenting focus on ensuring the highest levels of safety as we move ever closer to first oil in a few short years,” Minister Trotman said.

The drillship has begun work on the production phase and is on a three-year contract which will run through to 2021.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was part of the ministerial team said at his recent post-Cabinet press conference that the arrival of the Noble Bob Douglas signals the escalation of developments in the industry.

It was noted that this ship is significantly larger and more versatile than the Stenna Caron that is used primarily to drill exploratory wells.

The Noble Bob Douglas will be involved in the drilling of injection and extractive wells.

Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson and Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin were also part of the ministerial team

The team was joined by Director of Public Information, Imran Khan; ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson; Exxon Mobil Upstream Manager, Doug McGhee and Noble’s Drilling Superintendent, Curtis Chandler.

Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Business, Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman and crew member onboard Bob Noble Douglas speaking with one of the Guyanese working on board.

(l-r) Director of Public Information, Imran Khan, Minister of Business, Hon. Gaskin, ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson, Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman, Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Harmon, ExxonMobil Upstream Manager, Doug McGhee and Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson.

 

Minister of Business, Hon. Dominic Gaskin interacts with crew members onboard the Bob Noble Douglas drillship.

Minister of Public Infrastructure Hon. David Patterson receives a demonstration of the equipment from a crew member.

 

Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman and a crew member.

 

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