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Mariner oil field : Wood bags $75m contract from Equinor

John Wood Group (Wood) has bagged a three-year contract worth around $75 million from Equinor to support the latter’s operations at the Mariner oil field in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Under the contract, the British energy services company will be responsible for the operations, maintenance, modifications, and offshore services on the Mariner A platform and also the Mariner B floating storage unit.

The contract will be effective from January 2021 until the fourth quarter of 2023. It comes with options for extension.

Wood’s onshore and offshore teams based in Aberdeen, Scotland will execute the contract with the backing of its global engineering community.

Production platform at the Mariner oil field in the UK North Sea

Production platform at the Mariner oil field in the UK North Sea. Photo courtesy of Jamie Baikie and Michal Wachucik/ Equinor ASA.

Commenting on the Mariner oil field contract, Craig Shanaghey – president of Wood’s operations services business in Europe and Africa, said: “We are delighted to extend our strong partnership with Equinor to include support for their operations at the pioneering Mariner field.

“Wood has a long-standing track record of partnering with our clients to deliver safe, reliable, and optimised operations in the UKCS, and we look forward to extending that to include Mariner by leveraging our deep operational knowledge, experience, and digital capability.”

“Mariner is still in its early years of production and, with Wood’s ambition to realise a digitally-enabled future, we see excellent potential to explore new opportunities that will promote a lifetime of sustainable and responsible operations at the field.”

Production at the Mariner oil field in the North Sea is said to be supported by new digital solutions and cutting-edge technologies such as automated drilling and digital twin solutions.

The heavy oil field represents the first operated development for Equinor in the UK North Sea.

The Mariner field has been in production since August 2019. It was developed with an investment of over $7.7 billion.

For Wood, the Mariner oil field contract follows recent contracts from Equinor for the Kollsnes gas processing plant in Norway and the Breidablikk development in the Norwegian North Sea.

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