Following the ingression of water into the natural gas dryers, which led on 10 July to a temporary shutdown, the Melkøya plant is now back in production, Statoil said today.
The LNG plant was started up again at the end of July/beginning of August and is gradually being returned to full production, the company said.
Statoil’s share of production from Snøhvit comprises roughly 50,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day.
Snøhvit is the first petroleum development in the Barents Sea and has no installations above the sea’s surface.
Large amounts of natural gas are sent ashore and cooled down at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya, the world’s most northerly and Europe’s first export facility for LNG.
LNG World News Staff, August 3, 2012; Image: Statoil