Two contract award boost for ASCO

The supply base and warehousing facility for Mariner will be operated from ASCO's Peterhead base
The supply base and warehousing facility for Mariner will be operated from ASCO's Peterhead base

Statoil has, on behalf of the Mariner co-venturers, awarded the contracts for supply base and warehousing services for the Mariner field to ASCO.

The supply base and warehousing facility for Mariner will be operated by ASCO from its base in Peterhead.

The scopes awarded encompass the provision of supply base services including personnel, local transportation, marine gas oil, quayside services and a nearby warehousing facility.

ASCO will perform the services for the Mariner field under two five year contracts, anticipated to start in 2016.

The contracts also include yearly extension options.

“We are pleased with the interest we received in the market for this tendering process. We received competitive bids from several highly qualified companies,” said managing director for Statoil Production UK, Gunnar Breivik.

“Production on Mariner requires a high level of drilling activity and the field is reliant on a seamless and cost efficient logistics chain.

“ASCO is a well-established player and their supply base in Peterhead is a proven, high-performing logistics hub.

“We are looking forward to working closely with ASCO to tackle industry challenges and optimise the supply and warehousing services that we depend on for successful operations on Mariner,” Breivik added.

The Statoil operated Mariner field, located approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles, is currently under development and production is scheduled to start in 2017.

The development concept includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket and a floating storage unit (FSU). Drilling will be carried out from the PDQ drilling rig, with a jack-up rig assisting for the initial years.

In the period when both the PDQ and the jack-up are drilling Mariner wells, the field will require at least five sailings a week from the Peterhead supply base.

Meanwhile ASCO has has continued its success in the Australian oil and gas market by winning the contract to manage the supply base for BP’s upcoming exploration program in the Great Australian Bight.

Commencing in 2016, the exploration program includes four wells within its offshore permits located approximately 300 kilometres southwest of Ceduna, South Australia.

The 24/7 supply base at Flinders Port in Adelaide will be managed by ASCO in partnership with Flinders Logistics, a subsidiary of Flinders Port Holdings.

ASCO Australasia CEO, Matt Thomas, said ASCO was proud to have been awarded this significant contract by one of the world’s leading energy companies.

“The Great Australian Bight is a challenging new global frontier in oil and gas exploration and ASCO will bring its significant international experience to support BP’s operations,” Mr Thomas said.