Norway's Statoil chose the Offshore Europe 2013 conference in Aberdeen to report that its Mariner heavy oil field development project in the UK zone of the North Sea is on track for production start-up in 2017.
Speaking to press Lars Christian Bacher, Statoil executive vice president for Development & Production International, said that it had so far recruited some 30 personnel for an onshore team that will stand 200-strong when the firm has its new operations center in place in Aberdeen in 2016. The total number of jobs expected to be supported by the Mariner development is estimated at approximately 700.
"We expect 200 to be at the Statoil organization in Aberdeen and then 500 will be offshore for Statoil as well as all the supplier companies working on Mariner onshore and offshore," Bacher said. "These 700 jobs will last for 30 years from production start-up."
Statoil aims to recruit for its Mariner positions locally in Scotland, and said it was now embarked on a branding campaign in Aberdeen to support its recruitment efforts.
The Mariner project began 2013 with one employee in Aberdeen and the firm now expects to see 75 people working on it in Aberdeen by the end of the year.
The Mariner heavy oil field, which was discovered in 1981, is the largest new offshore field development in the UK for more than a decade. More than three decades in the making, Statoil also expects it to produce for 30 years, with average production estimated at approximately 55,000 barrels of oil per day during the project's plateau period between 2017 and 2020. Expected recoverable oil volumes are estimated at more than 250 million barrels.
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