Statoil cleared to repair Fram subsea producer

Offshore staff


OSLO-- Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Statoil’s request for a well intervention on its Fram field development in the Norwegian North Sea.

Fram is an oil field in license 090 comprising two accumulations, Fram Vest and Fram Øst. The development includes two subsea templates connected to the Troll C platform, where the gas will be separated from the liquid and injected back into the Fram Vest reservoir.

The consent relates to well 35/11-B-23, in a water depth of around 355 m (1,164 ft). This is a two-branched oil producer, of which only one branch has been producing due to a malfunction in a control valve. The intervention will involve removing a plug installed in this valve, an operation expected to take 14 days.

Work will be performed by Transocean’s semisub Polar Pioneer, built in 1985, which has previously drilled production wells and exploration wells in the Barents Sea for Statoil, Hydro and Eni.

4/9/2010

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