Tractebel Wins Snohvit Contract from Statoil

Product tanks and vessel loading systems for Statoil's Snohvit project in the Barents Sea are to be supplied by Belgium's Tractebel Industry Engineering under a contract worth approximately NOK 2.3 billion. Placed by Statoil on behalf of the Snohvit licensees, this ranks as one of the largest assignments for the gas liquefaction plant being built at Melkoya outside Hammerfest in northern Norway.

It embraces the design and construction of four cylindrical storage tanks, reports Morten Vinje, project manager for construction at Melkoya. Two will store liquefied natural gas, each with a capacity of 120,000 cubic meters, and another will store up to 45,000 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gases. The fourth tank is due to hold some 470,000 barrels (75,000 cubic meters) of condensate (light oil).

In addition come piping and loading systems to connect the tanks with the export jetties. Design work will begin immediately at Tractebel's office in Brussels. The tanks will be built on site, with construction due to start next May and completion scheduled during the autumn of 2005. Snohvit is intended to produce natural gas from 2006, and some 70 consignments of LNG will be shipped from Melkoya every year.