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Yemen LNG reschedules annual maintenance works after pipeline sabotage

Oilfield Technology,

The 38 in. gas pipeline that links the block 18 gas field to the Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden was sabotaged in Yemen on October 15th. The explosion occurred at in a desert region 75 km north of the Balhaf terminal

Production has stopped but the loss of production is expected to be limited as the LNG Plant was due to shutdown on 23 October for annual maintenance.

The annual maintenance shutdown at Balhaf, initially scheduled to start on 23 October, have started one week ahead of time. This should mitigate the loss of LNG production arising from the pipeline sabotage.

In spite of the damage caused to the pipeline, the Balhaf terminal was able to load the LNG Carrier Seri Balhaf with an Indian-bound LNG cargo this Sunday morning at the Yemen LNG Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden 24 hours after the sabotage of the gas pipeline.

The block valves every 30 km of the pipeline were closed shortly after the incident and the damaged section was fully depressurised. The gas fire rapidly ceased. No victim was to deplore as the incident occurred in the desert.

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