Shetland Isles News

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Seismic From Below

Bottom Seismic (OBS) TechnologyOBS technology has been around for academic applications since before World War II. The first use of the technology by the oil industry was in the late 1990s when OBS units were deployed to record long offset refraction data for improved velocity mapping west of the Shetland Isles. One of the first commercial reflection OBS survey was undertaken in 2003/4 by Seabird Exploration for Pemex over the Canterel/Sihil field offshore Mexico. The node technology used for this survey was developed in Norway, following ground breaking research undertaken by Statoil (recently renamed

Location map for CGG’s rich-azimuth survey north-west of the Shetland Isles.
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CGG Deploys Two Vessels for Survey NW of Shetland

, rich-azimuth, towed-streamer multi-client survey in the UK West Shetland Basin. The 3,600 sq km survey is designed in collaboration with major international oil companies and is focused on delivering high-resolution seismic data in a prospective but under explored area north-west of the Shetland Isles over the northern part of the Rona Ridge. A fast-track PreSDM data set will be available in Q1 2019.The acquisition geometry is designed to image multiple targets from shallow Tertiary and Cretaceous plays to complex fractured Devono-Carboniferous reservoirs by undershooting the volcanic intrusions

Peterhead offshore supply base, owned and operated by ASCO (Photo ASCO)

Statoil Contracts for Asco

hub. We are looking forward to working closely with Asco to tackle industry challenges and optimise the supply and warehousing services that we depend on for successful operations on Mariner,” Breivik says. The Statoil operated Mariner field, located approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles, is currently under development and production is scheduled to start in 2017. The development concept includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket and a floating storage unit (FSU). Drilling will be carried out from the PDQ drilling rig, with a jack-up

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Statoil Awards Mariner Contract to Schlumberger

on the Mariner field,” says managing director for Statoil Production UK, Gunnar Breivik. The contract will commence in January 2015 and has a duration of four years, plus options for several additional four-year periods. The Mariner field, located approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles, is currently under development by operator Statoil and its co-venturers JX Nippon and Dyas. Mariner is the largest field development on the UKCS in more than a decade, and will be in production for at least 30 years. Drilling is planned to start in 2016 with production start-up following in

Mariner with reservoir. Credit Statoil ASA

DNV GL Wins Statoil Contract for the North Sea

under the U.K. Offshore Safety Case Regulations for the Production Drilling Quarters (PDQ), Subsea, Umbilical’s, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) and the Floating Storage Unit (FSU). The Mariner Field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the U.K. North Sea, approximately 150 km east of the Shetland Isles. The project is the largest new offshore development in the U.K. in more than a decade, with production expected to start in January 2017. The field is estimated to produce for 30 years, with average production of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day over the plateau period from 2017 to 2020

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Aker to Deliver Drilling Package in the North Sea

South Korea and during the offshore installation phase. Delivery of the equipment will be completed in 2015. The contract includes an option to supply an identical drilling equipment package for the production facility at the nearby Bressay field. Mariner, located about 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles, and Bressay are operated by the oil company Statoil. The contract work will mainly be executed at Aker Solutions' Kristiansand and Asker facilities in Norway, as well as Erkelenz in Germany. Installation and commissioning services will take place at DSME's yard in South Korea and in the

Important Offshore Shetland Field Appraisal Agreed

BP & its co-venturers Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chevron to look at development of a third phase of the giant Clair field west of Scotland's Shetland Isles. Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP North Sea, said: “This is a major milestone and a further big commitment to the west of Shetland by BP and its co-venturers. If successful, the appraisal programme could pave the way for a third phase of development at Clair - this is now a real possibility.” The initial commitment involves a two year programme to drill five appraisal wells. This could increase to between eight and twelve

Huge Offshore Engineering Contract for CB&I

engineering design services for the Mariner Topsides project that is part of the Mariner oil field development project being operated by Statoil in the UK North Sea. The Mariner heavy oil field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles. Pending final approval of the field development plan by the UK authorities, Statoil expects to start production from Mariner in 2017. The field is estimated to produce for 30 years with an average production of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day. “Following the successful completions

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