Statoil ASA (STL) said its Snohvit liquefied natural gas export plant in Norway’s Barents Sea has shut down for planned maintenance.
The facility will undergo three weeks of work this month and a second period lasting a week in June, Ola Anders Skauby, a spokesman for the Stavanger-based company, said in an e-mail.
Snohvit is the only liquefaction plant in Europe. It can produce 4.3 million metric tons of LNG a year, according to Statoil’s website. The chilled gas is sent to Cove Point in Maryland and to Spain under contracts totaling 3 million tons, Poten & Partners Inc. data show. GDF Suez SA buys a further 0.5 million tons a year and Total SA 0.8 million tons. Cargoes from Norway have been shipped as far as Japan, IHS Inc. data show.
The work includes drying out moisture in the gas line to the plant, Skauby said. The link from the gas field to the liquefaction site will be cleaned and inspected by a remote- controlled Pipeline Inspection Gauge, or pig.
“During the production halt various maintenance and modification work that requires a plant shut down will be performed,” he said.
Statoil owns 33.5 percent of Snohvit and operates the plant. Petoro AS holds 30 percent, Total 18.4 percent, GDF Suez 12 percent, Amerada Hess Corp. 3.3 percent and RWE AG 2.8 percent.
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