Georgetown, Guyana – (January 16, 2020) The Department of Energy says Guyanese from all walks of life will be able to see first-hand the historic first oil that was retrieved from the country’s first oil production vessel the Liza Destiny in December 2019. This is because ExxonMobil Guyana and its partners Hess and CNOCC in partnership with the Department of Culture and Youth under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission of the Ministry of Natural Resources, will launch a new exhibit this Friday. Guyana’s first oil exhibit will be open to the public at the Guyana National Museum in Georgetown, from this Friday, January 17, 2020. There will also be a firework display by the Guyana Defence Force supported by ExxonMobil on Friday night at 10.30 pm in the seawalls at Kitty foreshore in Georgetown. The public is invited to attend both events and to include themselves and their loved ones into this historic moment with a selfie competition which will run from Jan 17th till Feb 11th.

Museum Exhibit
The First Oil Exhibit at the National Museum in Georgetown makes it possible for Guyanese to learn more about the process by which the country got to this point. The exhibit includes newspaper headlines published in Guyana after May 21, 2015, when ExxonMobil Guyana and its co-venturers, Hess and CNOOC, announced the Liza discovery, and December 20, 2019, when first oil production from the Liza field took place. It includes a recent book on the History of Guyana’s Oil Exploration, which began in 1750, produced by the University of Guyana’s Energy Think Tank. On display will also be a scale model (1:300) of the Liza Destiny Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel stationed 190 kilometers offshore. The first test sample of oil from the Liza field on the Destiny FPSO is also a part of the exhibit, as is a pair of the safety coveralls which all workers wear while on the vessel. Finally, a screen included in the exhibit will rotate videos which explain the operations of an FPSO, an overview of the Liza development projects, and the role of the Department of Energy, among other informative videos on the topic. This exhibit is modular and the Guyana National Museum expects to add new items to it as Guyana reaches additional milestones in the exploration and production of its hydrocarbon resources. The Museum this weekend is accommodating a special opening this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

The public has a chance to own one of 10 first oil collectors vials of oil as well as many other prizes in a selfie competition driven by the Department of Energy from this Friday Jan 17 till Feb 11, 2020. All persons are required to do is to snap a selfie or photo of themselves or group of friends and family in front of any part of the first oil exhibit or during the fireworks display and post to their FB page. Tag it to the Department of Culture and the Department of Energy. The photos with the highest number of likes or shares win. Up to 500 prizes available for grabs from photos taken and posted. Other prizes include caps, t shirts, bottles, books, and folders. Winners will be notified, and Prizes will be handed over at the museum on Feb 14, 2020.

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