Equinor updates on Hammerfest LNG plant
Equinor has updated the schedule for repair and start-up of the LNG plant on Melkøya after the fire on 28 September 2020. Due to the comprehensive scope of work and Covid-19 restrictions, the revised estimated start-up date is set to 31 March 2022.
Even though the fire in September 2020 was limited to the air intake of one of the plant’s five big gas turbines, the fire and firefighting caused substantial damage to the plant.
“We have worked systematically on getting an overview of the damages and scope of work to bring the plant’s technical condition back to the required standard. There is still some uncertainty related to the scope of work, however our best start-up estimate is 31 March 2022, based on current knowledge. Safety is our top priority, and we will not start the plant before it can be done safely,” says Grete B. Haaland, Equinor’s senior vice president for onshore plants.
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