Premier thanks Scottish supply chain contractors for $40m work in pumping first-oil from new N. Sea field

Premier Oil's Catcher FPSO
Premier Oil’s Catcher FPSO

A Scottish oil supply-chain provider has congratulated Edinburgh-registered Premier Oil for starting 2018 with first-oil from its Catcher field in the North Sea.

The Catcher Area Development is located in Block 28/9 approximately 110 miles east of Aberdeen. 

The development consists of three discoveries, Catcher, Varadero and Burgman, located in a water depth of approximately 90 metres.  Each field has been developed as a subsea tie-back to the FPSO which will export oil by shuttle tanker and gas by a 10″ pipeline connected to the existing Fulmar pipeline.

Initial production will be at an expected rate of around 10,000 barrels of oil per day which will then be ramped up in phases with production from the Varadero field followed by the Burgman field over the next six months to approximately 60,000 bopd. adding 30,000 bopd net to Premier’s daily production.

Daniel McAteer, Chief Business Development Officer at Inverness-based GEG, said: “To have been involved in the many facets of the construction and logistics of the Catcher field development is extremely important to us and showcases our field development support capability and the technical talent and engineering expertise of our UK-based oil and gas clients.

“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Premier Oil on achieving first oil and wish all contractors involved with a successful field life.  We look forward to supporting the Catcher development going forward.”

GEG’s multi-faceted scope of work began in 2014 and was worth $40 million to date.  This included extensive fabrication work for a number of UK energy and engineering firms at its Invergordon and Nigg yards on the Cromarty Firth. 

It comprised of constructing six bundled towheads and associated spools for Subsea 7, six subsea drill centre template for Aquaterra Energy, as well as the Spring-lok units for Britannia Engineering Consultancy.

Craig Matthew, Catcher Area Development Manager, Premier Oil, said: “We thank GEG, BW Offshore, Subsea 7, Aquaterra Energy and Britannia Engineering for their contribution to the Catcher Project

“Having access to the port facilities at Nigg offers major oil and gas projects the opportunity to fabricate, effectively marshall and manage equipment and to support installation campaigns in a very flexible manner.”

  • Oil pipe cleaning specialist Pipetech – set up in 2011 –  has bolstered its team with senior appointments in Aberdeen and Stavanger.

Gavin Booth joins the company as sales manager for UK and Holland while Thomas Karlsen is welcomed as sales manager of Scandinavia. The duo bring more than 20 years of oil and gas experience to Pipetech.

16 Jan 2018

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