A Fully Operational World Class Facility


Following the ExxonMobil discovery of the Liza field in 2015, and confirmation there would be an accelerated development to production, there was a clear need for a shore base in Guyana to support offshore operations.


In late 2016, four companies with highly complementary skills and experience came together -- Muneshwers Limited, Pacific Rim Constructors, LED Offshore, and TOTALTEC Oilfield Services – and formed Guyana Shore Base Incorporated (GYSBI), a majority-Guyanese company. Together, they have over 100 years of shore base construction and management experience, many of which came from the oil and gas industry. 


In early 2017, GYSBI won the ExxonMobil shore base services tender, confirmation of partner company capabilities and their execution plan. The goal was simple; create a world-class shore base to support the future drilling and production activity offshore Guyana. 


Within 18 months GYSBI was providing ExxonMobil with infrastructure, including secure open and covered storage, berthing for 2 supply vessels, operational personnel and loading/unloading logistics support. Rig contractors and major service companies are now making use of the base.


Perhaps most importantly, more than 100 Guyanese operational personnel have been trained and joined the GYSBI team, now handing every aspect of the onshore logistics and supply base operations. A strong safety culture has been instilled across the organization.

Our Story in Pictures

Much of Georgetown and the coastline moving east is about 1.5m below sea level, with the sea managed using a system of dykes and pumps, in combination with tides. A mud flat extends offshore up to 20km, requiring boats to access the shore base according to the tides.


The land planned for the extended shore base required significant work to handle the loadings. The coastline is soft sediment and organic material built up over an extended period.

This view predates the current shore base facility.

The shore base starting point in April 2017, with land to be converted to a surface to handle the high loadings and volumes for offshore operations.

May 2017, an example of the surface for construction. Different areas would require different engineering and design, depending on the expected use.

August 2017, work starting on the area that would become yard space for the significant volume of material used to support drilling operations.

Following excavation, a base of crushed stone is put in.

Drainage ditches are required to accommodate the frequent rains and inland runoff.

Several areas included reinforced concrete on top of a stone base. From the soft starting point, preparing surfaces to handle loadings was an engineering and construction challenge.  

By October 2017 much of the surface work has been completed, and extension of the wharf to accommodate two large vessels is well underway.

By November 2017 the reclaimed surface area work nears completion.

By December 2017 the framework for covered storage close to the wharf goes up.

This image from May 2018 shows a boat loading. A now completed covered storage area is visible just beyond the wharf, its' frame shown in an earlier photo.

In August 2018 the first phase is completed. A Schlumberger bulk plant for drilling fluids can be seen in the center of this photo. Additional yard space is being added to the west. Open ground beyond the tanks will be the new Schlumberger shop & offices.

In September 2018, the wharf extension to accommodate 2 supply vessels is now complete. A significant amount of engineering and construction work was required to handle the expected loadings. 


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