The Fram oil finds in the North Sea comprise the Fram West and Fram East fields.
The fields are located about 20 kilometers north of the Troll field at a depth of approximately 350 meters.
Both field developments consist of subsea installations connected via pipelines to the Troll C platform. The well streams from the fields are processed on this platform.
The Norwegian government approved the plan for the development of the Fram West field on March 23, 2001, and production started on October 2, 2003.
Fram West is developed with two four-well subsea templates, and the field will produce for 15 years. The plateau production rate from January 1, 2004 is just over 60,000 barrels of oil a day.
The gas is reinjected into the Fram West reservoir as pressure support, while the oil is transported to the Mongstad refinery through Troll Oil Pipeline II.
The development costs for the Fram West field were NOK 3.6 billion.
The Norwegian government approved the plan for the development of the Fram East field on April 22, 2005, and production commenced on October 30, 2006.
Like Fram West, this field is developed with two four-well subsea templates.
The plateau production rate from 2008 will be some 50,000 barrels of oil a day, which will be exported through Troll Pipeline II to Mongstad.
Produced water from Troll C will be used as pressure support in the Fram East reservoir. This contributes to significant positive environmental gains through reductions in emissions to the sea in the Troll field.
Fram East has also been developed to enable it to utilize gas from Troll C for injection, to increase recovery rates from the wells.
The development costs for the Fram East field were NOK 2.4 billion.