Asco to Operate Mariner Supply Base and Warehouse

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has, on behalf of the Mariner co-venturers, awarded the contracts for supply base and warehousing services for the Mariner field to Asco UK Limited.

The supply base and warehousing facility for Mariner will be operated  by Asco from Peterhead, north of Aberdeen.

The scopes awarded encompass the provision of supply base services, including personnel, local transportation, marine gas oil, quayside services and a nearby warehousing facility, Statoil reported.

Asco will perform the services for the Mariner field under two five year contracts, anticipated to start during Q1 2016. The contracts also include 2 x 2 year extension options.

We are pleased with the interest we received in the market for this tendering process. We received competitive bids from several highly qualified companies,” says managing director for Statoil Production UK, Gunnar Breivik.

Production on Mariner requires a high level of drilling activity and the field is reliant on a seamless and cost efficient logistics chain. Asco is a well-established player and their supply base in Peterhead is a proven, high-performing logistics hub. We are looking forward to working closely with Asco to tackle industry challenges and optimise the supply and warehousing services that we depend on for successful operations on Mariner,” Breivik says.

The Statoil operated Mariner field, located approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles, is currently under development and production is scheduled to start in 2017.

The development concept includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket and a floating storage unit (FSU). Drilling will be carried out from the PDQ drilling rig, with a jack-up rig assisting for the initial years.

In the period when both the PDQ and the jack-up are drilling Mariner wells, the field will require at least five sailings a week from the Peterhead supply base.

Statoil is the operator of the Mariner field with 65.11% equity. Co-venturers are JX Nippon Exploration and Production (U.K.) Limited (28.89%) and Dyas Mariner Ltd. (6%).

Image: Asco

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