Norway’s Hammerfest LNG isn’t expected to resume operations this year, as operator Equinor continues to carry out an investigation into a serious incident late last month.
The liquefaction plant on the Melkøya island was shutdown for repairs and investigations following a fire in a turbine. The previous estimate was for the plant to be closed until October 28, Kallanish Energy notes.
According to Equinor’s website, the plant is now planned to resume activities on January 1, 2021. No further details were disclosed.
Earlier this month, Equinor said Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) and the police were also probing the possible cause for the fire. The PSA is due to publish an official report after an audit at the facility found some “incorrect registrations” in procedures.
Hammerfest LNG processes 18 million cubic meters per day of natural gas. It’s owned by Equinor (36.8%), in partnership with Petoro (30%), Total (18.4%), Neptune Energy (12%) and Wintershall Dea (2.8%).
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