Sparrows Group has been selected to provide cranes and maintenance services for Statoil’s Mariner development on the UK Continental Shelf.

Under the initial five-year contract, Sparrows will supply crane operator personnel to support drilling, operations, maintenance and logistics.

The company will also provide engineering services to ensure availability of the Mariner A platform’s two pedestal cranes.

Sparrows Group CEO Stewart Mitchell said: "As the longest-established North Sea crane engineering company, it is an honour to be involved as work begins on one of the most high-profile projects the region has seen in many years.

"The platform will be subject to high levels of lifting activity with both the north and south cranes working to support the drilling operations."

"The platform will be subject to high levels of lifting activity with both the north and south cranes working to support the drilling operations, so our experienced operators and maintenance personnel will be integral to ensuring optimal operational performance."

Sparrows Group’s engineering team is already supporting Statoil with the integration of the cranes’ and mechanical handling equipment during the Mariner platform’s construction phase in South Korea.

The company will equip the platform with A-frame, lattice boom cranes mounted on fixed pedestals.

The two cranes have capacities of 50t at a 40m radius, and 17t at maximum radius of 60m.

As part of the contract, Sparrows Group will also train personnel and provide equipment modification services.

Set to start operations in 2018, Mariner field is located 150km east of the Shetland Isles.

It comprises two shallow reservoir sections and is expected to contribute more than 250MMbbl of reserves.