Babcock bags Catcher modifications deal

The Catcher FPSO. Photograph courtesy of BW Offshore
The Catcher FPSO. Photograph courtesy of BW Offshore

Babcock will undertake fabrication and modification work on the vessel serving Premier Oil’s Catcher field in the North Sea as part of a four-year agreement.

The Catcher floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is owned by BW Offshore.

The vessel started production from the field at the end of 2017.

It is on a seven-year, fixed term contract with Premier – with 18 years of options included.

Sean Donaldson, Babcock’s Rosyth-based managing director of energy and marine, said: “The framework contract taps into Babcock’s experience of supporting specialist maritime vessels from our Rosyth facility using our expert teams.

“BW Offshore is a company which we have had an enduring relationship with over the years and we are delighted to be supporting them with the Catcher FPSO.”

BW’s Rod MacLeod said: “We have a long-standing and successful relationship with Babcock, both in the UK and internationally, and we look forward to building on this foundation in the future.”

The Catcher FPSO has an oil storage capacity of 650,000 barrels, with a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels per day.

With a design life of 20 years without dry docking, it can be moored using a submerged turret production at an average water depth of 90 metres

Babcock has worked with BW Offshore since 2014 through a contract for the lay-up and preservation of the Athena FPSO at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities.