Statoil shuts Snohvit LNG plant after water leak
STAVANGER -- Statoil has halted production temporarily at its Snohvit-Hammerfest LNG plant due to a water leak.
Statoil said production at the plant--the world's most northern and Europe's first export facility for LNG--was halted after water leaked into the gas dryers, with water ingression causing ice formation in the cooling circuit.
The company said that while efforts are being made to get the plant back on line quickly, it's still uncertain how long the stoppage will last.
Statoil's share of the natural gas field Snohvit in the Barents Sea area of the Norwegian Sea is about 50,000 boed.
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