Aker bites into Mariner M&M

Cool beans: for Aker on Mariner

Aker Solutions has won a major contract from Statoil for maintenance and modification (M&M) work on the Norwegian state-owned operator’s under-development Mariner field off the UK.

The oilfield services contractor will provide M&M services on the platform after scheduled start-up in 2017, as well as the maintenance planning system in the pre-operations phase and hook-up and commissioning support for the heavy oil field scheme in the North Sea east of the Shetland Islands.

Work under the five-year frame agreement is due to start in August, with additional extension options for a total of up to four years, and will be be managed out of Aker’s Aberdeen office.

The coveted award, for which a value was not disclosed, is likely to offset the impact for Aker of planned cutbacks by Statoil in the M&M business area on its existing fields off Norway as part of a cost-reduction effort.

It marks the second award by Statoil to a home-grown contractor in as many days, with compatriot Kvaerner having won a fabrication contract for a pair of jackets for the Johan Sverdrup field off Norway under a frame deal with the operator.

“We hope to build long-term, high-performance relationships with our suppliers. Establishing common goals with key suppliers on safety, quality and efficiency is paramount to success for the Mariner field,” said Statoil Production (UK) managing director Gunnar Breivik.

In a separate award, UK-based Stork Technical Services was handed a Statoil contract for offshore services on Mariner also with a five-year term and with two extension options of two years each.

Stork will provide a combination of services, including scaffolding, installation, painting, welding and logistics support during the hook-up and commissioning phase, followed by the operations phase from 2017 onwards, as well as planning support starting in January 2015.

Breivik said the contracts would support “a significant number” of the 700 onshore and offshore jobs planned for Mariner, while also generating wider economic effects for north-east Scotland and other parts of the UK.

Statoil is targeting investments of more than £4.6 billion ($7.6 billion) on Mariner – the biggest new development off the UK in more than a decade – with the field expected to hit average plateau output of 55,000 barrels per day and produce for at least 30 years.

The field will be developed using a production, drilling and living quarters platform, with the topsides being built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuiling & Marine Engineering and the steel jacket at Spain’s Dragados yard.

Statoil said earlier this month the project has been delayed by about two months as more time is needed to complete topsides engineering.

Statoil holds a 65.1% interest, with partners JX Nippon on 28.9% and Dyas on 6%.

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