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Temporary production halt at Hammerfest LNG

January 12, 2012, 22:27 CET

The LNG plant outside Hammerfest, Norway (Photo: Harald Pettersen, Statoil)

The fire water unit is part of the plant’s safety system, and Statoil implemented a controlled production shut down.

A water leakage at the rupture site has excavated some of the soil at the site of the leak.

“We are working to clarify the cause of the water leakage and preparing the repair work, so that we can resume production quickly,” says Øivind Nilsen, production director for Hammerfest LNG.

Hammerfest LNG receives gas from the Snøhvit field and production from the field will be halted until the safety systems are back in operation. It is too early to say anything about the duration of the production halt. Statoil’s share of production from Snøhvit is 48,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day.

The fire water unit is regularly tested and inspected, most recently in the early hours of Wednesday morning this week.