STAVANGER, Norway –The Hammerfest LNG plant began producing LNG from Snøhvit field natural gas on Sept. 13, reports Statoil.
"The start-up of LNG production 24 years after the discovery of the Barents Sea's Snøhvit field is one of the absolute highlights in the project," said Tim Dodson, acting executive vice president for Exploration & Production Norway.
On Aug. 21, Snøhvit gas began flowing through the 143-km (89-mi) pipeline to land and in to the plant at Melkøya, where the well flow is separated into natural gas and condensate. The separated CO2 is returned to the field and reinjected.
Licensees in the Snøhvit field are Statoil with a 33.53% interest, Petoro (30.00%), Total E&P Norge (18.40%), Gaz de France (12.00%), Hess Norge (3.26%) and RWE-DEA with 2.81%.