Mariner B – the floating storage unit for the Statoil operated Mariner field – has left the Samsung shipyard in South Korea and is now setting course for Scotland.
Being towed at a speed of around eight knots over 18,000 miles, she is expected to arrive at Nigg Energy Park, near Inverness, in early September.
At Nigg a fiscal metering package, fabricated locally, will be installed on the vessel before it continues out to the field, where it will be anchored, hooked up to risers and carry out other tie-in and pre-commissioning activities.
OSM Offshore Aberdeen Ltd. was awarded the FSU management contract last year, supplying all operations, maintenance and marine crew services to Mariner B.
ESS Offshore has been awarded the offshore catering and facilities contract for both Mariner A and B.
The Mariner field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 95 miles east of Shetland.
The development of the Mariner field will contribute more than 250 million barrels of reserves with average plateau production of around 55,000 barrels per day.
Mariner B can accommodate up to 32 people and will be available for continuous operation in harsh weather conditions, including shuttle tanker activities and helicopter operations. During normal operations, it will have a crew of 15.
Mariner B will have the conventional role of receiving, storing and offloading the oil produced at the field, but will also play a role in the production process as storage for diluent, which will be mixed with the heavy Mariner oil during the production process to enhance processing and increase the value of the crude. Total storage capacity is around 850,000 barrels,
The topsides for the Mariner A platform are expected to arrive next year. Following hook-up and commissioning, start-up is planned for 2018.