Snøhvit Future

Extensive modifications and electrification at the Hammerfest LNG facility.

Melkøya Hammerfest LNG photo Aibel

Upgrading and extending the life of Hammerfest LNG

Aibel was awarded the EPCI contract for modification work at the Hammerfest LNG facility by Equinor in February 2023.

The contract is part of the Snøhvit Future project, and Aibel's scope includes a land-based compression facility and electrification of the Hammerfest LNG plant. The assignment was an option in the FEED contract (Front-End Engineering and Design) that Aibel was awarded in September 2020.

In addition, Aibel will execute further upgrades of existing systems to prepare the facility for extended life until 2050.

The execution phase of the project was delayed due to a fire at the facility in September 2020. Aibel was the main contractor for the extensive recovery that followed in order to relaunch production at the facility.

Aibel utilizes the experienced organisation from the FEED contract at the office in Oslo, in combination with expertise from the modification organisation on the Norwegian west coast and North Norway. At its peak, the project will involve approx. 350 engineers and project personnel. In addition, it is expected that the project will require around 1,200 man-years throughout the construction and installation phase at Hammerfest LNG. Construction of larger modules will take place at Aibel’s yards.


Contract: EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation)

Value: Approx. NOK 8 billion

Client: Equinor (on behalf of the Snøhvit Future partners: Equinor Energy AS (operator), Petoro AS, TotalEnergies E&P Norge AS, Neptune Energy Norge AS and Wintershall Dea Norge AS)

Delivery: Scheduled project completion for Aibel's part in late 2027