Statoil Shuts Down LNG Plant after Gas Leak

Statoil shuts down its Snohvit LNG plant following a gas leak.

Statoil has shut down its Snøhvit LNG plant on the island of Melkøya, Norway, due to a gas leak, according to reports.

News agency Reuters quoted a spokesman saying that LNG plant was shut down Sunday but that a resumption of production was expected "fairly soon".

The Snøhvit LNG plant has been shut down several times since it came onstream in September 2007. In May 2013, it was shut down, with personnel being removed to a safe area, following a smoke alert. In June 2012 it was shut down for a week following a rupture to a firewater line at the plant.

The Melkøya plant receives gas from the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea, with Statoil's share of production amounting to approximately 48,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

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