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ABS launches new sustainability guide for greener offshore operations

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Liza Unity FPSO, seen here sailing away from Keppel Shipyard in Singapore last year, was the world’s first FPSO to receive ABS’s SUSTAIN-1 rating. [Photo: SBM Offshore]

ABS has published detailed requirements for greener offshore operations in the first sustainability guide targeting the offshore industry.

Developed in conjunction with leading clients in the offshore industry, the recently released revised sustainability guide is expanded with compliance requirements for offshore assets.

The update ABS Guide to Durability Ratings addresses surface functions on offshore assets such as emissions and discharges, based on feedback from ABS customers including ExxonMobil, SBM and MODEC.

The sustainability guide outlines how carbon-reducing technologies such as zero flaring and zero methane discharge policies can enable assets to receive a SUSTAIN-2 rating. The ABS class Liza Unit The FPSO for ExxonMobil in Guyana was the first FPSO in the world to receive the SUSTAIN-1 rating from ABS.

“As the world’s leading offshore asset class, ABS has a key role to play in supporting the industry in the energy transition. The revisions to the guide are a key part of this and an example of how together we can develop a more sustainable industry,” said Miguel Hernandez, ABS senior vice president, global offshore.

“ABS is one of the industry’s leading sustainability advisors, and we are also the leader in offshore services with a rich history of offshore experience. This update to our guide to addressing offshore emissions further helps our customers meet our industry’s sustainability goals,” said Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Vice President, Global Sustainability.

  • Download a copy of the ABS Guide to Durability Ratings here.
  • Additional ABS guidance on emissions from floating production facilities (FPIs) can be found in the Emissions Reduction Information for FPIs here.
  • More information about ABS FPSO services can be found here.


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