Statoil has now moved in to its new Statoil House, west of Aberdeen city centre, which serves as the operations centre and head office for Statoil’s development and production activities in the UK and Ireland.
Located on the Prime Four Business Park at Kingswells five miles west of Aberdeen, the new Statoil House has been built to Statoil’s specifications by UK building and civil engineering company Sir Robert Mc Alpine under a contract with park developers Drum Property Group.
In addition to office space and meeting rooms for more than 200 staff, the building is equipped with bespoke integrated operations rooms designed to promote and clarify communications and understanding between on- and offshore personnel in real time.
Technology and collaboration tools in these rooms are aimed at maximising efficiency, as well as allowing personnel to focus on key issues, such as safety, environment, operations and asset integrity.
Statoil was established in Aberdeen in 2013, following the final investment decision for the Statoil-operated Mariner field development. Construction of the new facilities in the Prime Four Business Park started in December 2014, and the relocation has now taken place.
The Mariner field will in the initial years employ around 700 people, onshore and offshore, including contractors. Statoil expects to start production from Mariner in 2018 and will be investing around £5 billion in the project over the 30 year life of the field.
Statoil is also currently developing the Hywind Scotland offshore wind project in the Buchan Deep off Peterhead. This is the world’s first floating windfarm, comprising five 6MW wind turbines to be installed around 15 miles off the coast in waters exceeding 100 metres of depth. The project is expected to deliver first power to the grid late 2017.
Tove Stuhr Sjøblom, Managing Director, Statoil Production (UK), said: “We are delighted to take up residence in these modern and practical facilities, built to serve our needs for the long term as an operator on the UK Continental Shelf.
“With state of the art technology and an open layout designed for collaboration, this office will help us deliver safe and efficient operations and underpin our goal of being a great place to perform and develop for all employees.”