MILAN, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The restart of Angola’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant has been delayed until late 2015 from an original mid-year target after the facility was shut earlier this year due to mechanical problems, a project spokesman said.
“Repair work at the plant will continue into next year, with the plant anticipated to restart in late 2015,” an Angola LNG spokesman said.
A major rupture on a flare line triggered a facility-wide shutdown in April after less than a year of operation.
It faces major reconstruction to fix design flaws and corrosion of nearly-new equipment, pushing unofficial estimates of the project’s cost to at least $12 billion.
“The cost of the repairs is a commercially confidential matter,” the spokesman said.
Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic, editing by Louise Heavens