Norwegian national, Statoil, has announced the steel jacket to its UK North Sea Mariner Field platform is being lowed and secured in place.
Statoil said that having been sheltering near Stavanger for just over a week, the platform jacket was finally moved offshore after all barges, lifting equipment and facilities were in place in field.
The jacket was launched early Sunday, before being lowered to its final position Monday by the heavy lift vessel, the Saipem 7000.
Statoil have said that they are now continuing the work, installing 24, 65 meter (213 ft) long piles, each weighing 300 tonnes, to secure the steel jacket to the seabed.
The remainder of the offshore work will continue until complete in 10 – 14 days time.
The Offshore Mariner Field
The Mariner Field is located 93 miles (150km) east of the UK Shetland Islands, in the UK sector of the Northern North Sea, requiring a total investment of US$ 7 billion, to bring it on-stream.
Mariner has reserves in excess of 250 million barrels of oil equivalent, with a production plateau of 55,000 barrels of oil per day over a 30 year asset life.
First oil is expected in 2017.