Surveys of the harm after the hearth at Hammerfest LNG on 28 September signifies that the LNG plant might be closed for as much as 12 months for repairs.
In addition to wreck attributable to the hearth on the air consumption on one of many plant’s 5 energy generators, giant quantities of seawater from the extinguishing have broken different auxiliary programs akin to electrical tools and cables within the plant.
It is the scope of labor of this consequential harm which might be thought-about probably the most intensive and the period of the shutdown will depend upon the supply time of essential tools. Progress can even be affected by the present restrictions associated to the Covid 19 virus.
“Safety is the primary precedence and we won’t begin the plant till we’re certain that it may be finished in a secure method. Therefore, now we have labored systematically and totally to survey the harm after the hearth, and assess the technical situation of the plant,” says plant director Andreas Sandvik.
“Although lots of inspection work nonetheless stays and there’s nonetheless important uncertainty, our greatest estimate now’s that that it might take up till 1 October 2021 to get Hammerfest LNG again into manufacturing.”
“We will use the shutdown interval to additionally perform different upkeep and restore work deliberate for 2021. This consists of each ongoing upkeep and upkeep deliberate in a deliberate turnaround subsequent spring,” Sandvik says.
Equinor, in addition to the PSA and the police have began unbiased investigations of the hearth.
“The fireplace at Hammerfest LNG was a severe incident. The numerous investigations into the incident might be vital with the intention to establish measures that can stop related incidents from taking place once more,” says Grete B. Haaland, senior vice chairman for Equinor’s onshore services.
Hammerfest LNG, exterior Hammerfest in Finnmark county, is a facility that receives and processes pure fuel from the Snøhvit subject within the Barents Sea. The fuel is conveyed in a 160 km fuel pipeline to the power, which grew to become operational within the autumn of 2007. Equinor was the operator in the course of the growth part and now has operational accountability for the power.
(Source and picture: Equinor – Hammerfest LNG/Helge Hansen/Equinor)
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