Hammerfest LNG facility restarted after 20-month closure

Hammerfest LNG facility restarted after 20-month closure

Equinor, the Norwegian energy company, has reopened the Hammerfest LNG facility after it was closed down for 20 months.

The plant was first brought online in 2007 and was shut down in September 2020 for repairs after a fire.

It is in production again following “extensive repairs and improvement work”, which involved repairs of sophisticated equipment and compressors, also over 22,000 components checked and 180 kilometres of electric cables replaced.

Through its normal production, Hammerfest LNG transfers around 6.5 billion cubic metres annually which is equivalent to the yearly gas demand of 6.5 million European households and the volumes consist of more than 5% of Norwegian gas exports.

The LNG tankers Arctic Voyager, Arctic Lady and Arctic Princess are anchored up outside Melkøya and ready to accept new cargoes from Hammerfest LNG.

Irene Rummelhoff, Equinor’s Executive Vice President, Marketing, Midstream and Processing announced: “With the start up of Hammerfest LNG, we add further volume to the already substantial gas deliveries from Norway. This is of great significance in a period when predictable & reliable supplies are highly important to many countries and customers.”

Hammerfest LNG is an association between Equinor, Petoro, TotalEnergies, Neptune Energy & Wintershall Dea.

Hammerfest LNG facility restarted after 20-month closure

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