Statoil's LNG facility back in service

Aug. 6, 2012 at 8:15 AM

STAVANGER, Norway, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Production at the Hammerfest liquefied natural gas project is slowly returning to full production following a mid-July shutdown, a Norwegian company stated.

Statoil announced last month its Hammerfest LNG project stopped production when ice formed on a cooling unit.

"The liquefied natural gas plant was started up again at the end of July/beginning of August and is gradually being returned to full production," the company said in a statement.

Statoil's share in production from the facility represents about 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

In January, the company reported that a water line tied to a fire control system ruptured at its LNG plant in Melkoya near Hammerfest, leading to a controlled production shut down at the plant.

The facility receives natural gas from the Snohvit field in Norway and production there was halted briefly in response to the January incident.

A July labor strike in Norway briefly halted about 15 percent of the oil production and 7 percent of the natural gas output on the country's continental shelf.

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