Premier Reaches Out to Xodus for Catcher FEED Study

Premier Oil has reached out to Xodus Group to conduct a subsea Front End Engineering Design study for the Catcher project in the Central North Sea. Catcher is situated on Block 28/9. The oil field was discovered in June 2010.

Xodus will develop and engineer field and subsea architecture, flow assurance processes, subsea control systems, pipelines and tie-ins, as well as providing technical safety and risk support. The company will also assist in the FEED for the three riser systems for each of the wells, to allow production from the field through the subsea tieback.

Work for the FEED contract will be developed in two phases. Premier stated in a release that a review of previous and current studies, preliminary process flow diagrams and investigative work to identify structural functional requirements, will lay the foundations for the subsequent select phase.

Premier Oil and partners formally agreed on a development concept and have moved into the design phase, which should be completed by the end of September.

"Xodus is proud to be involved in the Catcher project which is a significant development in the North Sea," said Andrew Wylie, senior consultant at Xodus Group in a statement. "Our fully independent, integrated and highly technical service will deliver a wealth of knowledge to this project. Xodus is committed to Aberdeen and the North Sea market and our breadth of capability and multidisciplinary service makes us a preferred partner for FPSO projects. From risers to pipelines, and design to pre-commissioning, we have a proven track record."

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