Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine has received a contract from Norwegian energy firm Statoil to deliver a new multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV).
The 65m-long ship will be capable of offering emergency cover, oil spill response preparedness and tanker assist capabilities for the Mariner field. It will be used to support operations on the Mariner field on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
Statoil Production UK managing director Gunnar Breivik said: "This is an important contract award in our preparations for safe and efficient operations on Mariner.
"The emergency and rescue vessel plays a key role in our safety and emergency preparedness plan."
Custom built for Statoil, the new ERRV will be named Mariner Sentinel and is expected to be delivered early in 2017.
The present contract will have a fixed duration of five years and also includes five one-year extension options.
Statoil’s Mariner field is located around 150km east of the Shetland Isles and is currently under development. Production start-up is planned for 2017. Commissioning of the field is expected to start in 2016.
Until delivery of the new vessel, Sentinel Marine will provide another ERRV for emergency cover.
Mariner field is expected to contribute more than 250 million barrels of reserves with average plateau production of around 55,000 barrels a day.
Within this project, Statoil holds 65.11% equity, while co-venturers JX Nippon Exploration and Production, and Dyas Mariner possess 28.89% and 6% respectively.
Image: An illustration of Mariner Sentinel. Photo: courtesy of Sentinel Marine.