February 25, 2009 / 5:25 PM / 11 years ago

StatoilHydro plans more than 2-mth Snoehvit halt

OSLO, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Norway’s StatoilHydro STL.OL said on Wednesday that it would stop production at a processing plant for its offshore Snoehvit gas field in the Arctic in mid-August for at least two months and possibly around 80 days.

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant on Melkoya island outside of Hammerfest on Norway’s far-northern coast has been beset by teething troubles since the start-up in late 2007.

“We plan to stop in August,” said Sverre Kojedal, spokesman for the Snoehvit development. He added that the shutdown would take “at least two months” and maybe around 80 days, depending on the final extent of maintenance and modifications.

“We will replace the remaining sea water heat exchangers where we had some leakages which were one of the major problems since the start-up,” he said.

Reporting by John Acher

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