Statoil's UK operation has awarded the helicopter transportation contract for the Mariner field in the North Sea to CHC Helicopter, the two companies announced Wednesday.
The contract, which will last for five years, will see CHC operate two Sikorsky S-92 aircraft on behalf of Statoil. The helicopters will fly from Aberdeen, Scotland or Sumburgh on the Shetland Islands to the Statoil-operated Mariner field, which is located some 155 miles off the northeast coast of Scotland.
The service is expected to start in 2016.
Statoil Production UK Managing Director Gunnar Breivik commented in a company statement:
"We are pleased to have entered into this contract, meeting our needs for safe and efficient transportation to the Mariner field, our first operated field development on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
"We will have substantial offshore activity as the Mariner project enters the hook-up and commissioning phase in 2016 and production starts in 2017. We are also pleased with the flexibility in the contract, including options for servicing our exploration activity and possible expansion on the UKCS."
CHC Helicopter Regional Director Mark Abbey added:
"We're proud to partner with Statoil as they start up operations in the U.K. sector. Our pilots, engineers and support teams will be using their extensive experience of the North Sea environment to help Statoil to go further, do more in the Mariner field, and come home safely."
Mariner is the largest field development on the UK Continental Shelf in more than a decade, with a gross investment of more than $7 billion. 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.
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