Equinor now believes that after the fire in September last year, it will take longer than expected to bring the Melkøya plant back into operation. Although the incident is still under investigation, it is undergoing extensive repairs. What the final bill will be is unclear.
After a fire broke out at the Melkøya facility outside the Hammerfest center on September 28 last year, Anslo Equinor By the end of October, it may take 12 months to restart the factory.
Now, this has been delayed for six months. The revised budget is now set for March 31, 2022, instead of launching before the end of October 2021.
Come out in one breath News from Equinor. The company explained the delay by saying that “there are large scope and limitations due to covid-19 handling.”
-We have carried out systematic work to fully understand the damage and scope of work, so that the technical condition of the factory meets the requirements. Grete B. Haaland, Equinor’s onshore facility director, said in a statement that there are still some uncertainties about the scope of work, but based on current knowledge, our best estimate of the launch is March 31, 2022.
-Safety is the number one priority, and she will continue to activate the facility in a safe manner.
The fire last year did not cause any damage, but caused significant damage to the facility.
Melkøya receives natural gas extracted from the Snøhvit oil field in the Barents Sea, then produces condensate and liquefied natural gas (LNG), which are then shipped to the world market.
The plant is both advanced and complex. According to Equinor, “more than 70,000 unique equipment components” may have been “exposed to seawater during the fire extinguishing process.”
“All components have been systematically evaluated” to establish a maintenance plan.
One of the things that need to be replaced the longest is the power cable “connected to the power station where the fire occurred.” Equinor estimates that 180 kilometers of cables must be replaced here.
The cables have been ordered and will be delivered throughout the spring and summer.
In addition to the cables, it is necessary to “take out several compressors from the system and send them to the supplier for repair”.
The pandemic ensures that “you can work fewer workers at the same time than you originally thought.” Equinor believes that “there is still uncertainty related to how the development of covid-19 will affect the progress of the project.”