Production at Equinor’s Melkøya gas plant to start on Friday 

Melkøya firePhoto: Bjarne Halvorsen / NTB
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The gas plant on Melkøya is scheduled to start producing LNG again from Friday, Equinor announced. The facility has been closed since 2020.

“If testing is carried out as planned, we can start from tomorrow. After that, there will be a gradual escalation of operations at the plant, and we will produce LNG from May 27,” spokesman Eskil Eriksen in Equinor told NTB.

The plant was scheduled to start operating on Monday, but the opening has been postponed until Friday, Gassco told the British news agency Reuters on Sunday. Additional tests needed to be performed on a compressor before the system could be restarted. 

Background

At the end of September 2020, a fire broke out in one of the five gas turbines at the plant, located outside Hammerfest.

The plant produces liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Snøhvit field.

The Melkøya fire may have cost Equinor NOK 20 billion in lost revenue, stock analyst Teodor Sveen-Nilsen in Sparebank 1 Markets estimated in April.

The plant can produce more than 6 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the Barents Sea, according to the company.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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