ExxonMobil has selected UK-based TechnipFMC and Halliburton to provide the fibre optic solution for the $9bn Payara field development project offshore Guyana.

TechnipFMC provides optical connectivity from the topside to the completions while Halliburton offers the fibre optic sensing technology and analysis that would support reservoir diagnostics.

This collaboration is expected to help operators accelerate full-field subsea fibre optic sensing, design, and execution.

Halliburton wireline and perforating vice-president Trey Clark said: “By collaborating with TechnipFMC, we combine our sensing and subsea expertise to enhance reservoir insight and to lower the total cost of ownership for our customers.”

According to TechnipFMC, the Odassea advanced downhole fibre optic sensing system will boost capabilities in subsea reservoir monitoring and production.

TechnipFMC subsea product management senior vice-president Christina Johansen said: “To win the SONT award and to help our client enable an enhanced level of reservoir understanding are great achievements.

“Solutions such as Odassea transform our clients’ project economics and demonstrate how we are continuously driving change in the industry.”

Located 200km offshore Guyana in a water depth of 1,800m, the Payara project involves the development of the Payara field in the Stabroek Block through the drilling of up to 41 wells.

ExxonMobil operates the block through its affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana with a 45% stake.

Other partners in the block include Hess subsidiary Hess Guyana Exploration with a 30% stake and China’s oil and gas firm CNOOC holding the remaining 25% stake.

The partners made a final investment decision on the Payara development project in 2020. It is planned to commence production in 2024 and have a production capacity of 220,000 barrels per day.