Statoil’s In Amenas gas facilities starts limited production

Statoil’s In Amenas gas facilities starts limited production

6:40 AM, 25th February 2013
Statoil’s In Amenas gas facilities starts limited production
Lars Christian Bacher, Executive Vice President, Development and Production International, Statoil.

IN AMENAS, ALGERIA: The In Amenas gas facilities in Algeria operated by the Joint Venture partners Sonatrach, BP and Statoil, initiated a limited production start-up on 22 February 2013.

Production from the plant’s train 1 was started-up following a detailed review of technical integrity, security, and other conditions, and after the partners had concluded that the criteria required to ensure a safe restart of train 1 had been met. The remaining two production trains were damaged during the terror attack, and will not be put on stream until it is safe to do so.

The physical inspection of train 1 was conducted by Sonatrach on behalf of the Joint Venture, and the documentation has been fully reviewed by both Statoil and BP. Statoil is currently in a close dialogue with Algerian authorities, Sonatrach and BP about the necessary conditions for full production and a redeployment of staff.

“The Joint Venture has initiated a limited production start-up at In Amenas. We thank Sonatrach for the work they have done and continue to do on behalf of the Joint Venture, during this difficult time for everyone involved. The safety and security of our people is our utmost priority. We will take whatever time needed to conduct all required assessments and reviews and take all necessary precautions before we consider a re-entry of Statoil personnel,” said Lars Christian Bacher, Executive Vice President, Development and Production International, Statoil.

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