Oil service group Subsea 7 said yesterday it had landed a contract worth £111million from Statoil for the Mariner field in the UK North Sea.
The deal involves engineering, procurement, installation and construction of 24 miles of rigid flowlines and flexible riser systems, together with associated subsea structures, protection systems, and tie-ins.
Project management and engineering work is to start immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger and at Westhill.
Offshore activities using a variety of Subsea 7 vessels are due to start in 2015 and be completed the following year.
Thomas Sunde, vice-president for sales and marketing (North Sea and Canada), said: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this significant project from Statoil for Mariner.”
This is the latest multimillion-pound deal Statoil has signed for Mariner.
The Norwegian operator said last month that drilling contractor Noble had won a £428million contract to provide a new jackup rig for the £4.7billion project.
Noble said it was in the final stages of negotiating a deal to build the rig, which was expected to cost it £451million and will start a four-year drilling programme in summer 2016.
Mariner, 80 miles south-east of Shetland, is thought to hold up to 400million barrels of oil.
It is just one of the developments the Norwegian firm has planned east of Shetland; Statoil is also working on sister field Bressay.
If both projects proceed, the operator plans to employ up to 1,000 people out of Aberdeen. In April, Statoil signed a £160million, four-year contract with Odfjell Drilling to provide engineering and commissioning services during the start-up phase of the Mariner production platform, which will be used alongside a floating storage unit.
Statoil aims to produce first oil at Mariner in 2017, while it expects to sanction Bressay before the end of this year.
Harkand said it had bolstered its expansion in the subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) market by securing contracts in excess of £20million for execution this year.
Under a deal with Taqa Bratani, the diving-support vessel Harkand Atlantis will be deployed to conduct general IRM work at the operator’s assets in the northern North Sea from this summer.
The vessel and her crew have also been subcontracted by DOF Subsea UK to support work on the Banff field in the central North Sea from September.