March 29, 2019 / 8:31 AM / 3 months ago

Norway investigates past Hammerfest LNG outage

OSLO, March 29 (Reuters) - Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is investigating the causes of an earlier outage at Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant in northern Norway, the regulator said on Friday.

“Equinor shut down the plant on 11 March 2019 in order to repair deficiencies in a number of safety valves there. A total of 190 of these devices were missing heating cables and insulation,” the PSA said in a statement.

“This facility has been operated over time with weaknesses in its safety-critical equipment,” it added.

An Equinor spokesman separately said the plant had since been restarted. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, writing by Terje Solsvik, editing by Gwladys Fouche)

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