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PSA investigates leak at Hammerfest LNG

An investigation has been launched by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) into a liquefied natural gas leak at the Hammerfest LNG plant on 17 June 2018.

This incident occurred while a road tanker was being filled with LNG at the Equinor facility at Melkøya outside Hammerfest in northern Norway around 14.00 on 17 June.

During the operation, the tanker driver noticed LNG emerging from the vehicle’s safety valves. Filling was halted with the emergency switch, an evacuation alarm was sounded and personnel mustered.

The emergency services followed the position closely, along with Equinor employees and other personnel involved. By 20.30, the leak rate had been reduced to a level where detectors in the area no longer showed readings. 

An investigation team from the PSA is due to begin work in Hammerfest this week.

Its goals including clarifying the course of events, describing actual and potential consequences and identifying direct and underlying causes, in order to contribute to learning and experience transfer.

The investigation will result in a report which will be published on psa.no.


Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 92 26 98 95