MOSCOW, May 12 (Reuters) - Russia’s Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant will postpone some annual maintenance work to 2021 due to logistic difficulties over the spread of the coronavirus, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters on Tuesday.
Russia’s second-largest LNG plant after Novatek-led Yamal LNG had initially planned to complete the work this summer.
However, the source said the maintenance would be done gradually, at one of two lines and start in June. The first stage of the maintenance would last about a month, the source said.
An official at Sakhalin Energy, the plant’s operator, told an inhouse newspaper last month that the maintenance plans were revised due to the coronavirus outbreak and that each of the two plant’s lines would undergo the work separately, not together as it had been planned.
He did not provide a schedule for the maintenance. Sakhalin Energy, when contacted by Reuters, has not announced the dates.
The plant is located on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, which has had a relatively low number of coronavirus cases - 41 in total - as of May 11.
LNG production at the Sakhalin-2 plant last year fell to around 11.15 million tonnes from 11.41 million tonnes in 2018.
Equity holders in Sakhalin Energy include Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell, and Japan’s Mitsui and Mitsubishi Corp. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Katya Golubkova and Jason Neely)