Separating the wellstream from Snohvit and reforming it into liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Hammerfest plant is Europe's first export facility of its kind.
Previously, gas lifted from the field has flowed as far as the slug catcher - the first treatment stage at the plant - but this is the first time gas has reached the process facility.
"This is an important day after many years' work and preparation," says Geir Pettersen, Statoil's senior vice president for the Tromsų Patch business cluster, which includes Snohvit operations.
"We now have some hectic weeks ahead of us adjusting the process plant to produce LNG."
Statoil is operator for the development and operation of Snohvit with a 33.53% interest. The other licensees are Petoro with 30%, Total E&P Norge (18.4%), Gaz de France (12%), Amerada Hess Norge (3.26%) and RWE Dea Norge with 2.81%.
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