Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel for Mariner Field

Norway's Statoil announced Monday that it has placed an order with Sentinel Marine Limited to supply a new multi-role emergency response and rescue vehicle (ERRV) to support operations on the Mariner field in the UK zone of the North Sea.

Aberdeen-based Sentinel specializes in owning and operating offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry. The new 214-foot ship, to be named Mariner Sentinel, will be custom built for Statoil and will provide emergency cover, oil spill response preparedness and tanker assist capabilities for the Mariner field.

The ERRV contract will have a duration of five years from its start in July 2016.

"This is an important contract award in our preparations for safe and efficient operations on Mariner," Statoil Production UK Managing Director Gunnar Breivik said in a company statement.

"The emergency and rescue vessel plays a key role in our safety and emergency preparedness plan. We are pleased with the flexible and cost-effective solution Sentinel Marine is offering, and we are looking forward to working with them as a partner in the operational phase. 'Mariner Sentinel' will carry mechanical oil spill response equipment and contribute to a strengthening of the emergency preparedness capacity also on a regional basis."

The Mariner field, located some 90 miles east of the Shetland Isles, is current under development with production start-up planned for 2017. It consists of two shallow reservoirs that contain some 250 million barrels of heavy oil. Average plateau production is estimated to be around 55,000 barrels per day.


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