First Snoehvit LNG shipment leaves Melkoya port

Oct 22, 2007 02:00 AM

The first tanker with a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Snoehvit field left port at Melkoya near Hammerfest, northern Norway. The purpose-built Arctic Princess has 145,000 cm of LNG on board and is now on her way to customers in southern Europe.
"This is a historic milestone for the Snoehvit project and StatoilHydro's LNG focus," said chief executive Helge Lund. "For the first time, we are supplying gas from the Norwegian continental shelf in a cooled state by ship. This gives us increased flexibility in marketing gas globally. Our plant at Melkoya is the first LNG production facility in Europe and will be a key component in StatoilHydro's focus on LNG, which constitutes the fastest-growing gas market in the world."

Production of LNG from the Barents Sea's Snoehvit field began on Sept. 13. Even though the first shipment is on its way to market, the Hammerfest LNG plant is still in its initial phase. Stable production is expected in December.
Until then, LNG deliveries from Melkoya will vary from week to week since the initial phase will necessitate periodic shutdowns. The LNG plant separates the wellstream comprising natural gas, condensate and water that arrives from subsea installations in the Barents Sea. The gas is cooled to minus 163 degrees centigrade where it becomes liquid (LNG) and is temporarily held in two large storage tanks.

At full production, tankers will leave port at Melkoya every five to six days. Each ship will transport nearly 150,000 cm of LNG to customers worldwide. Plans call for the official inauguration of the Snoehvit field and the Hammerfest LNG plant to be held in May 2008.
The Snoehvit licensees include StatoilHydro, operator, (33.53 %); Petoro (30.00 %); Total E&P Norge (18.40 %); Gaz de France (12.00 %); Hess Norge (3.26 %); and RWE Dea (2.81 %).

Source / StatoilHydro
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