An­gola LNG shut to tech­ni­cal prob­lems

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An­gola’s new liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) plant has been forced to shut down pro­duc­tion due to un­spec­i­fied tech­ni­cal prob­lems, a spokesman said on Fri­day, but he de­nied a re­port of an ex­plo­sion at the plant.

The spokesman also said it was not yet known when pro­duc­tion will be re­sumed.

The $10 bil­lion An­gola LNG plant, op­er­ated by Chevron, has strug­gled to boost out­put since start­ing up last year and has suf­fered set­backs in­clud­ing a com­pres­sor leak, a rig cap­size, elec­tri­cal fires, and pipe­line leaks.

“The plant has ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cal is­sues which has caused an un­planned in­ter­rup­tion to pro­duc­tion,” the spokesman said.

“No ex­plo­sion, fire or in­juries were caused as a re­sult of this un­planned in­ter­rup­tion, and the plant was safely shut­down in a con­trolled man­ner,” he added.

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