Statoil restarts Hammerfest LNG plant after inspections

Source: Statoil

Statoil (STO) reports that production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has resumed at Melkøya near Hammerfest after a shutdown of just over two weeks. 

Inspections have been carried out and large amounts of data have been collected which will help to make the cooling tower more robust. 

The plant’s overall planned annual output will not be affected by the shutdown. 

On May 13, the Hammerfest LNG plant stopped production to inspect the sub-cooling unit. The plant will also undergo scheduled maintenance later this year. 

The Hammerfest LNG plant serves the Snohvit subsea field in the Barents Sea. 

The LNG plant separates the wellstream comprising natural gas, condensate and water that arrives from subsea installations in the Barents Sea. The gas is cooled to minus 163 degrees centigrade where it becomes liquid (LNG) and is temporarily held in two large storage tanks.

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