Oil starts to flow from North Sea’s Catcher project

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The first oil has been pumped from the vast Catcher area in the North Sea, with production set to be ramped up in the new year.

Premier Oil said it had achieved the feat on the afternoon of 23 December.

The £1 billion-plus Catcher project lies some 110 miles off the coast of Aberdeen.

Ceki 7ggProduction will start off at some 10,000 barrels per day, ramping up to about 60,000 barrels in the first half of 2018.

It will add 30,000 barrels, net, to Premier’s daily production.

Tony Durrant, the oil firm’s chief executive, said: “Delivery of first oil from the Catcher area represents a…

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