Equinor launches new gas module for Fram field

A new gas module has been commissioned by Equinor for the Troll C platform in the UK North Sea to accelerate production from the Fram field.

The Fram field is located about 20 kilometers north of the Troll field at a depth of approximately 350 meters.

The 400-tonne gas processing module that was lifted into place on the North Sea platform in May 2019 has increased the gas processing capacity on the platform by a total of 3.5 million standard cubic meters per day, allowing for increased production from the Fram licenses existing and new wells.

Equinor’s Senior Vice President, Operations West, Gunnar Nakken spoke.

“At the same time, the gas module allows new future discoveries to be tied in,”

The investment, estimated at 1 billion Norwegian crowns was essential to further developing Troll C as a hub for the area, Equinor said.

“This is an exciting area. On behalf of the Fram license, we made one of the largest discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2019 here, Echino South. In addition, several prospects are being considered for drilling”, says Nakken.

Aibel in Haugesund built the gas processing module featuring gas drying and cooling units. Aibel in Bergen was responsible for the engineering work. Overall, Equinor said, some 300 people were involved in the project.

Equinor is the operator of Fram with a 45 percent stake. Vår Energi owns 25 percent, Neptune Energy has 15 percent, and Idemitsu also holds 15 percent.

Neptune’s Managing Director in Norway, Odin Estensen, commented: “The start-up of the new gas module for Fram is an important milestone and a further demonstration of our commitment to grow and strengthen our core areas close to existing infrastructure and enhance our footprint in a key geographic area for Neptune.

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