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Production drilling starts on Statoil Mariner field in UK North Sea

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Staff Writer | December 3, 2016
Up to five wells will be drilled before the Mariner A platform hook up and commissioning activity starts next summer.
Statoil Mariner field
Oil exploration   The Noble Lloyd Noble is over the Mariner jacket
First oil is expected to be produced from Mariner in 2018.

The Noble Lloyd Noble, the largest jack-up rig in the world, is currently positioned over the Mariner jacket which was installed in 2015. The first production wells will be drilled through a well deck on the jacket.

Up to five wells will be drilled before the platform topside modules arrive mid-2017.

In total up to 100 reservoir targets could be drilled over the lifetime of the Mariner field, based on the current development strategy.

Statoil has worked closely with major contractors Noble Drilling and Schlumberger to ensure safe and cost-effective operations.

The rig contract was awarded to Noble Drilling in 2013, followed by the contract award for integrated drilling and completion services to Schlumberger in 2014.

The pre-drilling campaign will support around 500 jobs in the UKCS.