Planned Snøhvit Stoppage

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Hammerfest LNG plant at Melkøya in northern Norway will be shut down on Saturday 15 August for up to three months of upgrading and maintenance work.

As operator, StatoilHydro is conducting upgrading and modification work at the Hammerfest gas liquefaction plant in order to maintain a high production level in the time ahead.

Since start-up in the autumn of 2007, upgrading and replacement of equipment has been carried out to increase the plant's production level.

From February this year the plant has produced at approximately full capacity. To secure this level, the plant has to be made more robust.

"We estimate about 510,000 labour-hours in connection with the stoppage, including preparations and the finishing process," said Geir Hopland, turnaround manager at Hammerfest LNG.

One of the big operations will be replacing 15 heat exchangers. These are the very core of the process which cools the Snøhvit gas into a liquid state, forming liquefied natural gas (LNG).

During the shutdown – and before the mechanical work can begin – all gas must be removed from the plant. Some flaring will therefore take place during the first day of the stoppage.

Up to 850 people will stay at the Melkøya work camp during the turnaround. Hammerfest LNG will resume production in November.

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

LNG

Poland Received Less Gas Than Requested from Gazprom

Poland's gas pipeline operator Gaz-System said the country received about 20 million cubic metres of natural gas on Friday from the eastern direction, less than

Britain Loses Europe's Gas Trading Crown to the Dutch

Britain has been topped by the Netherlands as Europe's leading natural gas trading hub this summer, ending decades of British dominance in the sector. Britain

MTU Shows SMM it's Ready for IMO Tier lll

The Rolls-Royce brand MTU is showing its concepts at the current SMM, Hamburg, in response to the IMO Tier III emission standard which is due to come into force in 2016.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1786 sec (6 req/sec)