Gassco briefly closed Kollsnes gas plant

Gassco AS briefly shut its 143 MMscmd Kollsnes gas processing plant on the Norwegian North Sea coast because of a condensate leak.

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, May 25 -- Gassco AS briefly shut its 143 MMscmd Kollsnes gas processing plant on the Norwegian North Sea coast because of a condensate leak.

The production disruption temporarily increased British gas prices. No personnel were injured during the incident.

"The point of leakage has been identified, and preparations for repair work have started," said StatoilHydro, which provides technical services to the plant. A company spokeswoman told OGJ that the cause of the leak remained unknown.

StatoilHydro is providing gas from other sources for its customers while repairs are under way.

The processing plant at Kollsnes, west of Bergen, treats gas from Troll, Kvitebjorn, and Visund fields. Installation of a sixth export compressor in 2005 expanded the plant's capacity from the original 120 MMscmd.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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