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    Equinor adds more supply to Hammerfest LNG


New production from Askeladd will extend the commercial life of Hammerfest. [Image credit: Equinor]

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Equinor adds more supply to Hammerfest LNG

Norway’s Equinor said December 12 Phase 1 of its Askeladd natural gas field had been commissioned and was delivering natural gas into the Hammerfest LNG facility on Melkoya Island.

Askeladd is a satellite feed to Snohvit and will deliver about 18bn m3 of natural gas and 2mn m3 of condensate to Snohvit and Hammerfest through subsea tie-backs.


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“Askeladd is now producing, the gas will help extend plateau production from Hammerfest LNG on Melkoya up to three years," said Thor Johan Haave, Equinor’s vice president operations & maintenance for Hammerfest LNG.

During normal production, Hammerfest LNG delivers about 18.4mn m3/day, corresponding to the needs of about 6.5mn European households or about 5% of all Norwegian gas exports.

“Hammerfest LNG delivers significant volumes to customers in Europe, and the gas from the Barents Sea reinforces our position as a predictable and reliable gas supplier,” Haave said. “Askeladd and other projects in the region will ensure further value creation and production from Hammerfest LNG for decades.” 

The first phase of Askeladd, consisting of three wells and a pipeline and umbilical tying back to Snohvit, was completed in 2020, but commissioning was delayed while the Hammerfest LNG facility was repaired following the fire there the same year.

It was delivered on schedule and at a cost below original estimates of NOK5.2bn (US$520mn).

Askeladd is the first of several projects in the further development of the Snohvit field and the infrastructure around Hammerfest LNG. Next up is Askeladd West, with two new wells tied back to existing infrastructure, before further development continues with onshore compression and electrification through the Snohvit Future project.