Equinor Pushes Forward With Mariner As Global Heavy Oil Production Falls
Equinor and partners are investing more than $7 billion in the development east of the Shetland Islands in the U.K. North Sea.
Equinor aims to crank up the Mariner heavy oil development in 2019. (Source: Jamie Baikie/Equinor)
As the global appetite for oil remains, one of the world’s biggest heavy oil projects is moving forward in the North Sea despite obstacles that have included rougher weather than expected among other logistical challenges, according to its operator, Equinor ASA.
“The Mariner project is now in the hook-up and commissioning phase offshore,” Erik Haaland, a spokesman for Equinor, told Hart Energy in an emailed statement. “All the modules are in place and we are preparing for production start. All work is focused offshore on getting the platform prepared for startup.”