Hammerfest LNG Snohvit
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Statoil 33.53 %, Petoro 30.00 %, Total E&P Norge 18.40 %, GDF Suez E&P 12.00 %, Hess 3.26 %, RWE Dea Norge 2.81 %
  • Website: http://www.statoil.com/
  • Location: Melkøya, just outside the shipping channel into Hammerfest
  • Capacity: 4.3 million tons/annum

Brief Description

  • A large single train LNG liquifaction plant, the only one in Europe and the only on to use the Linde MFC process

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity: one 220,000 m3 LNG tank
  • Constructor:
    • Dragados Offshore: Main Construction
    • Tractebel: Product tanks and vessel loading systems
    • Aker Kvaerner: Hook-up and installation work
    • Heerema: Slugcatcher and associated processing units
  • Licensor: Linde - Mixed Fluid Cascade Process

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • The partners in the Snøhvit licence have conducted a feasibility study of processing capacity expansion of Hammerfest LNG plant, Melkøya called Snøhvit Train II, and have now decided to study technical concepts that may make further expansion economically feasible.
  • The next investment decision is still some years away. A possible investment decision may be made towards the end of 2013 at the earliest, and the plant can be expected to be online in 2018, at the earliest.
  • For details see Hammerfest LNG Snohvit Expansion Project

Suppliers / Customers


  • 2002 - PDO for upstream & LNG project approved
  • 2003 - Dragados awarded contruction contract
  • 2003 - Heerema awarded contract for the Snøhvit slugcatcher and associated processing units
  • 2005 - Aker Kvaerner contract for completion of Snøhvit LNG project
  • 2007 - The plant was started up

Other Information

  • Snøhvit is the first LNG production plant in Europe
  • The plant was constructed in Cadiz and transported by barge to Norway

Relevant Links

  1. Information from Statoil
  2. Information from Linde
  3. Project data from Aker Solutions
  5. Snøhvit Development Approved
  6. [ Snøhvit contract for Tractebel]
  7. Dragados Industrial builds in Cadiz a natural gas treatment plant for the North of Norway
  8. Dragados Offshore completes successfully the Snøhvit project
  9. Statoil considering a new LNG plant
  10. Project Summary from Hydrocarbons Technology
  11. Aker Kværner wins Snøhvit contract
  12. Snøhvit job for Linde
  13. Aker Kvaerner contract for completion of Snøhvit LNG project
  14. Heerema Zwijndrecht awarded Snøhvit contract
  15. Temporary production stop at Hammerfest LNG

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