First oil achieved on BW Catcher

First oil achieved on BW Catcher

BW Offshore is pleased to announce that first oil from BW Catcher was safely achieved on 23 December 2017. We wish to thank all parties involved in achieving this important milestone.

The initial hydrocarbon volumes were produced following a very effective hook-up and commissioning period. The FPSO arrived at the Premier Oil-operated Catcher field offshore UK in October, after sail-away from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in late August and a brief stopover at Nigg.

On 6th January 2018 BW Catcher received the First Oil Certificate following the successful completion of the 72-hour interim performance test. BW Catcher is owned and operated by BW Offshore and the First Oil Certificate confirms the commencement of a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years.

"BW Offshore together with all parties involved have reached an important milestone. We are very pleased with the effective hook-up and commissioning, which reflects extensive preparations through-out the construction phase and a well-planned offshore installation program," said Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Offshore.

The Catcher field partnership is made up of Premier Oil (50%), Cairn Energy (20%), MOL Group (20%) and Dyas (10%).

The unit has an oil storage capacity of 650,000 barrels and a processing capacity of up to 60,000 barrels per day. The FPSO has a design life of 20 years of uninterrupted operations.


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