By Dominic Chopping

 

Equinor ASA said Monday that the planned restart of the Hammerfest liquefied-natural-gas processing plant has been delayed by a week after a fault was discovered in a compressor.

Hammerfest LNG, on Norway's northern coast, receives and processes natural gas from the Snohvit field in the Barents Sea, with gas transported in a 160 kilometer pipeline to the facility. It has been closed since a fire in September 2020.

The Norwegian energy major had originally expected repair work to take around a year, but then set a restart date of March 31, 2022. That was then pushed back to May 17 due to Covid-19 disruptions and operational restrictions.

Extensive repairs have now been been completed, but a minor fault was discovered in a compressor over the weekend, with a component now being replaced and operations at the plant to resume in a week, it added.

"Hammerfest LNG has been prepared for production, but we are taking the extra time necessary to safely resume operations," said Grete B. Haaland, Equinor's senior vice president for onshore facilities.

 

Write to Dominic Chopping at dominic.chopping@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 16, 2022 04:22 ET (08:22 GMT)

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