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ASCO Group has won two oilfield services contracts from Statoil for the Mariner field, which is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea.

The contracts require Asco to provide supply base and warehousing services, including the allocation of personnel, transport, marine gas oil and quayside services with options for CCU provision.

Asco expects to deliver the services in the first quarter of 2016. The two contracts, which will initailly run for five years, have options to extend to further two years.

Asco will operate the supply base and warehousing facility for Mariner from Peterhead, north of Aberdeen.

Statoil Production UK managing director Gunnar Breivik said: "Production on Mariner requires a high level of drilling activity and the field is reliant on a seamless and cost efficient logistics chain.

"Production on Mariner requires a high level of drilling activity and the field is reliant on a seamless and cost efficient logistics chain."

"Asco is a well-established player and their supply base in Peterhead is a proven, high-performing logistics 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."

The $7bn Mariner field is located about 150km east of the Shetland Isles and is currently under development, with production expected to commence in 2017.

It features two shallow reservoir sections, the deeper Maureen Formation at 1,492m and the shallower Heimdal reservoir at 1,227m.

The development concept features a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket and a floating storage unit.

Statoil said drilling will be undertaken from the PDQ drilling rig, with a jack-up rig assisting for the first years.

Statoil operates the Mariner field with a 65.11% stake. JX Nippon Exploration and Production (UK) and Dyas Mariner hold 28.89% and 6% interests respectively.


Image: Peterhead offshore supply base, owned and operated by Asco. Photo: courtesy of Asco.