Following the sailaway from the Dragados Offshore yard in Cadiz, Spain on 10 August, the Mariner jacket recently spent a week in the sheltered Boknafjorden near Stavanger, while waiting for the heavy lift vessel Saipem 7000 to arrive at the field.
In the early hours of Sunday 30 August the “Skandi Iceman” vessel, towing the S44 barge with the jacket, and the heavy lift vessel were in place in the Mariner field, approximately 150 kilometres east of Shetland. The operation is also assisted by three support tugs and a safety vessel.
With good weather forecasts received for the coming days, it was decided to proceed with preparations for the installation, and at 20.25 Sunday night, the jacket was successfully launched from the barge.
During the early hours of Monday 31 August, the jacket was hooked up to the cranes, up-ended and placed on its permanent location.
The tug “Boulder”, towing the Wagenburg 9 barge with the piles, is expected to arrive on the field Tuesday 1 September. A total of 24 piles will be driven into the seabed to secure the platform jacket. Each pile is 65 metres long with a weight of 250 to 300 tonnes.
The remaining installation activities are expected to continue for another 10-14 days.
134 metres high and with a footprint of 88 x 62 metres, the Mariner sub structure is the largest steel jacket ever built for a Statoil project. The weight at load-out was 22,400 tonnes including floatation tanks and rigging.
Statoil is the operator of Mariner with 65.11% equity. Co-venturers are JX Nippon Exploration and Production (U.K.) Limited (28.89%) and Dyas UK Ltd. (6%).
Watch this super cool video of the installation.