Equinor and companions introduced first oil from the Mariner area within the UK North Sea. The area is predicted to supply greater than 300 million barrels of oil over the subsequent 30 years.
“The start-up of Mariner, the primary Equinor-operated oil area on the UKCS, establishes our foothold within the UK and reinforces our dedication to be a long-term vitality accomplice,” says Hedda Felin, senior vp for UK and Ireland Offshore in Equinor.
The Mariner reservoirs have as much as three billion barrels of oil in place, a 50% enhance on what was initially assumed, and the estimated restoration price has already been elevated by 20 p.c. Mariner is predicted to supply annual common plateau charges of round 55,000 barrels of oil per day and as much as 70,000 barrels of oil per day at peak manufacturing.
“By gathering and decoding new seismic knowledge we’ve got improved our understanding of the reservoirs. This has resulted in fewer and higher positioned wells and elevated assets because the undertaking was sanctioned in 2012. With the numerous volumes in place, we see clear potential to additional enhance the oil restoration from the Mariner area,” says Anders Opedal, govt vp for Technology, Projects and Drilling in Equinor.
Mariner is among the largest industrial initiatives within the UK in recent times. A gross funding of greater than $7.7 billion, the event will help greater than 700 long run jobs and generate vital income within the provide chain for many years to come back. Contracts price greater than $1.three billion have been awarded to UK suppliers because the undertaking began.
“With the start-up of Mariner, we’ve got delivered probably the most advanced developments within the North Sea and Equinor’s portfolio. We will proceed to use digital options and new know-how to ship protected and environment friendly operations and optimize manufacturing,” says Opedal.
Digital options embody automated drilling, digital twin, area employee instruments, and digitized logistics to help operational and area upkeep planning.
In the UK, Equinor has established a broad vitality portfolio together with oil, gasoline and offshore wind, with Mariner as the muse of its upstream operations.
Mariner is situated on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, roughly 95 miles or 150 kilometres east of Shetland and 320 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen. Drilling shall be carried out from the PDQ drilling rig, with a jack-up rig aiding for the preliminary interval. Around 100 wells shall be drilled over the primary 12-14 years.
(Source and picture: Equinor – Mariner platform/Jaimie Baiki/Michal Wachucik)
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