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Snøhvit job for Linde

June 5, 2002, 16:40 CEST

A contract worth some NOK 1.3 billion for the core of the Snøhvit gas liquefaction plant has been awarded to Germany’s Linde industrial group today, 5 June.

Placed by operator Statoil and the other licensees in the Barents Sea field, the assignment relates to the facility planned on Melkøya island off Hammerfest in northern Norway.

This plant will convert production from Snøhvit into liquefied natural gas for export by ship.

Linde is due to deliver heat exchangers to cool down the gas to liquid temperature. These units are based on licensed technology developed by the German group in cooperation with Statoil

Italy’s Nuovo Pignone will deliver mechanical equipment for the liquefaction process as Linde’s sub-contractor. Hardware will be fabricated in Germany and Italy.

Linde has also been responsible for preliminary engineering of the liquefaction and gas receiving plants at Melkøya.

Delivery is scheduled for late 2003 or early 2004.

For more information on the Snøhvit project, see Statoil's new web site www.statoil.com/snohvit - currently in Norwegian only. An English version of the web site will be available shortly.