Linde wins liquefaction contract from Norway

Linde AG, Wiesbaden, will build Europe’s largest natural gas liquefaction plant on Melkøya island near Hammerfest, Norway, north of the Arctic Circle for the international Snøhvit Group. The Snøhvit Group is a consortium of renowned oil companies, comprising amongst
others the Norwegian Statoil ASA and Norsk Hydro as well as the French TotalFinaElf S.A. The contract includes tank storage facilities for natural gas at a temperature of minus 162 degrees Celsius, the provision of specialised equipment needed to load the liquefied gas
onto tankers as well as project management, engineering, procurement and construction supervision services for the entire liquefaction plant. After the Norwegian Parliament had given the go-ahead for the project in the spring of 2002, Statoil has commissioned Linde now on behalf of the Snøhvit Group, to supply the key equipment for the liquefaction process. The total value of the contracts will be EUR 380 million. The plant will have the capacity to produce 4.3 million tons per year of liquefied natural gas and will be ready for commercial production at the latest in 2006. The facility is destined to process gas from the Snøhvit and other fields in the Barents Sea.

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