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Global Energy Group and Premier Oil announce initial success in Catcher development

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Global Energy Group (GEG) and Premier Oil have announced the reaching of first oil from the Catcher field in the North Sea. This was achieved on 23 December 2017.

Initial production will be at an expected rate of around 10 000 bpd, 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 bpd, adding 30 000 bpd (net) to Premier’s daily production.

GEG’s work on the project began in 2014, and included extensive fabrication work for a number of UK energy and engineering firms at the company’s Invergordon and Nigg facilities on the Cromarty Firth. It comprised of constructing six bundled towheads and associated spools for Subsea 7, six subsea drill centre templates (DCTs) for Aquaterra Energy, as well as the Spring-lok units for Britannia Engineering Consultancy.

The Catcher area development is located in block 28/9 of the UK continental shelf approximately 110 miles east of Aberdeen. The development consists of three discoveries, Catcher, Varadero and Burgman, located in a water depth of approximately 90 m. 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 in. pipeline connected to the existing Fulmar pipeline.

Daniel McAteer, Chief Business Development Officer from 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. GEG 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.”

Craig Matthew, Catcher Area Development Manager with Premier Oil, said: “Premier Oil would like to thank GEG for their contribution to the Catcher project supporting our key contractor’s BW Offshore, Subsea 7, Aquaterra Energy and Britannia Engineering Consultancy. From a project development perspective, having access to the facilities at Nigg and the versatile range of services from GEG, offers major oil and gas projects the opportunity to fabricate, effectively marshal and manage equipment and to support installation campaigns in a very flexible manner.”

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