The Mariner B FSU (floating storage unit) has arrived in Scotland and was safely berthed at Global Energy’s Nigg Energy Park, north of Inverness.
The Statoil-operated vessel has completed a 18,183 mile journey – the equivalent to two thirds around the word – from the Samsung construction yard in South Korea.
“Following last year’s successful installation of the steel jacket for the Mariner A platform, we are now getting another key component in place on the field. This year will also see the start of pre-drilling of production wells. We are very much looking forward to increasing our operational activity on the UK Continental Shelf,” Johan A. Johansen, Statoil’s vice president for operations in the UK and Ireland, said.
WATCH: Mariner B FSU Arrives in Scotland
At the Nigg Energy Park, the vessel will take on board a fiscal metering package before continuing out to the field, where it will be anchored, hooked up to risers and carry out other tie-in and pre-commissioning activities, Statoil informed.
At the field, Mariner B will receive, store and offload the oil produced, as well as store the diluent that will be mixed with the heavy oil during the production process to increase the value of the crude.
North Sea Mariner Field Development Plan
The vessel has a total storage capacity for approximately 85,000 barrels, out of which 15,000 barrels are reserved for diluent.
Mariner Field Start-up Planned for 2018
The Mariner field development is located on the East Shetland platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150 kilometres (93.2 miles) east of Shetland.
The field development includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket – Mariner A – connected to Mariner B.
Start-up of the field is planned for 2018 and is expected to bring in more than 250 million barrels of reserves with average plateau production of around 55,000 barrels per day.
The field is operated by Statoil (65.1%) with co-venturers JX Nippon Exploration and Production (20%), Siccar Point Energy Limited (8.89%) and Dyas UK Ltd. (6%).