Option for extension

Sparrows wins key crane contract from Statoil

SparrowsSparrows Group has secured an initial five-year contract to deliver cranes and maintenance services at one of the North Sea’s largest new developments in over a decade.

The firm will supply Statoil’s Mariner development on the UK Continental Shelf with crane operators to support drilling, operations, maintenance and logistics, and will deliver maintenance and engineering services to the Mariner A platform’s two pedestal cranes.

Options to extend the contract mean it could potentially run for a total of nine years.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive at Sparrows Group, said: “’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. We hope Mariner has a long and successful life ahead of it.”

Statoil has already engaged Sparrows’ engineering team to support them with the integration of the cranes’ and mechanical handling equipment during the platform’s construction phase which is currently ongoing in South Korea.

Mariner A will be equipped with A-frame, lattice boom cranes mounted on fixed pedestals. The two crane capacities are 50 tonne capacity at 40 metre radius and 17 tonne capacity at maximum radius of 60m.

Full provision of training and competency services is included in the contract, along with equipment modification, upgrade and replacement components, as well as repair and maintenance of equipment onshore.

The Mariner Field is 150 kilometres east of the Shetland Isles and consists of two shallow reservoir sections. The Maureen Formation sits at 1492 meters with the Heimdal reservoir at 1227 meters.

Due to begin operation in 2018, it is expected that the field will contribute more than 250 mmbbls reserves with average plateau production of around 55,000 barrels per day.  Mariner is expected to have a 30-year field life.

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