Statoil Bressay Developmental Disabilities

People with Developmental Disabilities

Nearly all persons supported by Community Systems, Inc. (CSI), over 600 persons, have developmental disabilities.

Developmental disabilities are, by definition, acquired before one’s 18th birthday. According to the federal government’s definition, a developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability which:

  • is attributable to mental and/or physical impairments
  • is indefinite
  • results in functional limitations in three or more areas of major life activity (self care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and/or economic self-sufficiency), and
  • results in a person’s need for special care, treatment, and other services which are lifelong or of extended duration.

In brief, mental retardation (now preferably termed intellectual disability) is a developmental disability.

A developmental disability may present in one or more of several ways and that, in turn, requires that CSI staff have special skills.

In late 2018 a thirty-year adventure will begin 250 kilometres off Scotland’s north-east coast. That’s when the first oil tanker will leave the Mariner field, bound for the world’s energy markets. It’s been a long journey. Mariner is a sleeping giant, discovered more than thirty years ago. 


But because of the oil’s extremely high viscosity, previous operators were not able to extract it. In 2007, we acquired the operatorship, and with the experience gained from working with other heavy oil fields, we managed to solve the challenges. The Mariner project will be one of Statoil’s most innovative developments ever.

Discovered in 1981 on the East Shetland Platform, approximately 150 kilometres east of the Shetland Islands, the Mariner field is a daunting prospect for oil and gas producers. Mariner is a heavy oil field characterised by dense, viscous oil.

In December 2012, Statoil and its partners decided to take on the challenge and made the investment decision for the Mariner project, which entails a gross investment of more than GBP 4.5 billion. This was the largest capital commitment to the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in more than a decade.

The concept chosen includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, Mariner A, with a floating storage unit (FSU), Mariner B. Drilling will be carried out from the Mariner A drilling rig, with a jack-up rig assisting for the first 4 years.


The Mariner oil field consists of two shallow reservoir sections: the deeper, Maureen formation at 1492 meters and the shallower Heimdal reservoir at 1227 meters. The oil is heavy with API gravities of 14.2 and 12.1 and viscosities at reservoir conditions of 67 cP and 508 cP, respectively for Maureen and Heimdal.  

The development of the Mariner field will contribute more than 250 mmbbls reserves with average plateau production of around 55,000 barrels per day. The field will provide a long term cash-flow over 30 years.  Production is expected to commence in 2018.

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