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.”

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