Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant to remain offline until May 27

Equinor’s 4.3 mtpa Hammerfest LNG export plant in Norway is now expected to be offline until May 27 due to a compressor failure, according to data by Gassco.

LNG Prime reported on May 5, citing data from Gassco, that the event has started on May 4 with an expected restart date of May 19.

However, Gassco’s data now shows that the outage has been extended for six more days.

It said that all of the 18.4 mcm/day (6.5 bcm/year) capacity will not be available during the period until May 27.

Equinor started again shipping LNG from the Hammerfest terminal in June last year since a fire that broke out at the facility in September 2020.

Hammerfest LNG liquefies natural gas coming from the Snohvit field in the Barents Sea.

Gas reaches Hammerfest LNG via a 160-kilometer gas pipeline which became operational in the autumn of 2007.

The firm and its partners are also upgrading the plant.

Equinor is the operator of both the Snohvit field and Hammerfest LNG with a 36.8 percent stake.

Other license owners of Snohvit are Petoro (30 percent), TotalEnergies EP Norge (18.4 percent), Neptune Energy Norge (12 percent), and Wintershall Dea Norge (2.81 percent).

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