A tanker for liquid natural gas at Melkøya outside Hammerfest, Norway. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Statoil expands feedstock for Hammerfest LNG

Five billion kroner will be invested to secure a supply of another 21 billion cubic meters of gas.
March 13, 2018

Norwegian oil major Statoil and its partners at the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea have decided to develop Askeladd, a field just south west of Snøhvit, with three wells via two new subsea templates, the company informs

«This is the next step in the development of Snøhvit. Askeladd will help maintain a plateau production rate at the Hammerfest LNG plant until 2023 and is a profitable investment,» says Torget Rød, Statoil’s senior vice president for project development.

Today, more than 400 people are working at the plant producing liquid natural gas (LNG) on the small island Melkøya just outside the town of Hammerfest in the Norwegian north.

«The Snøhvit license contains enough gas to maintain production beyond 2050 and Hammerfest LNG will provide jobs for many years to come,» says Per Henry Gonsholt, acting production director at Hammerfest LNG.

Additional wells at Askeladd could be developed in the future. All installations at the fields are subsea, connected to the production plant at Melkøya via pipelines on the seafloor.

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