STAVANGER, Norway — Equinor expects to restore service within a week at the Hammerfest LNG plant at Melkøya, northern Norway.
The complex, which receives production from Snøhvit and satellite fields in the Barents Sea, has been shut down since late September 2020, when fire broke out in the filters in the air inlet of one of the gas turbine generators.
Following repairs, Equinor had hoped to restart operations in May 2022, but the company decided that further extensive measures were necessary.
Over the weekend, a minor fault came to light on a compressor. The affected component is being replaced, with the stepwise process toward resuming service continuing through the week.
"Hammerfest LNG has been prepared for production, but we are taking the extra time necessary to safely resume operations," said Grete B. Haaland, senir vice president for onshore facilities.
Other partners are Petoro, TotalEnergies, Neptune Energy and Wintershall Dea.