Equinor puts Hammerfest LNG back online

Norwegian energy giant Equinor said on Monday it restarted its Hammerfest liquefied natural gas export plant following an outage and gas leak.

The LNG operator first closed the export facility on September 11 due to an outage and tried to restart the facility two days later.

However, following the gas leak, Equinor decided to postpone the restart.

The closure of the terminal which liquefies natural gas from the Snohvit (Snow White) field in the Barents Sea reduced production by 18 million cubic metres per day.

Natural gas from Snohvit reaches the 4.5 mtpa LNG plant via a 160-kilometer gas pipeline which became operational in the autumn of 2007.

The chilled fuel produced at the facility mainly lands at LNG terminals in Europe but also in Asia.

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

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