Equinor ASA’s liquefied pure fuel plant on the Norwegian island of Melkøya suffered a leakage Wednesday, the corporate stated, probably derailing a deliberate enlargement.
Although the leak has been stopped and normalization was underway as of Thursday, Equinor stated, “It’s too quickly to say when manufacturing on the plant will be resumed”.
The harm concerned a valve in one of many facility’s cooling circuits. “The fuel that leaked is used for cooling throughout manufacturing of liquid pure fuel (LNG)”, it stated in a press launch.
All 98 personnel current on the time of the incident had been accounted for with no accidents reported, in accordance with Equinor.
The bulk state-owned proprietor plans to impress the plant to boost its processing capability and minimize carbon dioxide emissions by about 850,000 metric tons a 12 months, in accordance with Equinor’s annual report March 23.
The plant had simply resumed operation June 2022 after a hearth in September 2020.
Equinor sees the challenge within the northern city of Hammerfest as key to decreasing its planet-warming emissions. It serves the Snøhvit fuel and condensate subject, which operator Equinor (36.79 p.c) calls the largest industrial challenge in Norway, by way of a 99.4-mile (160 kilometers) pipeline. The sector on the Barents Sea produced 28,000 barrels of oil equal a day in 2022, down by 20, 000 boed in 2019 earlier than shutdown by the 2020 hearth. The sector’s deliberate electrification goals to make sure operation and exports from Melkøya into 2050.
Equinor reported eight incidents of oil and fuel leaks on the “severe” degree, which it defines as having a leakage fee of a minimum of 2.2 kilos (0.1 kilogram) per second, in 2022. “That is the bottom variety of leaks ever recorded and got here near reaching our formidable 2022 goal of a most of seven leaks. No severe nicely management incident recorded”, its annual report acknowledged.
In April a Reuters report citing an unnamed Equinor spokesperson stated its Njord A oil and fuel platform had a leak of lower than 200 liters. The Norwegian Sea facility resumed operation the day after on April 18, the spokesperson stated in accordance with Reuters.
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