CATS: bedding in

Six months ago, Wood Group began work on a new contract with CATS Management Limited (CML), a wholly owned subsidiary of Antin Infrastructure Partners, to provide operating services for the Central Area Transmission System (also known as CATS) in the North Sea.

Cats bedding in

Since then we’ve reached a number of milestones, as Alan Pollock, CATS manager for Wood Group explains.

"Under the $250m contract, we are responsible for day-to-day operations for the CATS terminal and pipeline, which transports gas through 404km of pipeline from the Central North Sea to its terminal in Teesside in the UK where it is then processed on behalf of major North Sea gas producers. Stability, continuity and minimal change have been our watchwords since day one of transitioning operatorship and our focus continues to be the delivery of safe, seamless, efficient and effective operations. In January 2016 the team marked 13 years without a lost time incident; an outstanding record that reflects the standard of excellence we are committed to maintaining.

"In May we completed our new accommodation project, to increase the number of people we can have working on the terminal. This work has allowed us to double the number of employees working onsite. It’s a fantastic achievement which was delivered on time, under budget and more importantly to the right quality", says Alan.

To help ensure the long-term sustainability of the chemical-processing sector in North East England, the team is committed to partnering with local businesses.

"We want to ensure our operations benefit the local community and are connected with the local supply team to ensure local skills and vendors are integrated into the project. Similarly we’re building local partnerships with business and have joined North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) to help embed these and give CATS another platform; presenting added opportunity for us to focus on growth and develop in the local area."

Wood Group will be attending NEPIC on 22 June, 2016 at the Grand Marquee, Wynyard Hall, Sedgefield. Visit us on Stand 67.