October 22, 2014 / 12:12 PM / 5 years ago

Angola LNG delays plant restart until late 2015 as repairs go on

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

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