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Activities resume at Dunkirk LNG terminal

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EDF has announced that activities have resumed at the Dunkirk LNG terminal in France. The terminal was recently put into safe mode following the presence of LNG in the flare system, causing a larger flame than usual and LNG projections at ground level. All personnel and contractors are now able to access the site once more.

An investigation into the cause of the incident has shown that part of the levels instrumentation (sensors) for installations being tested (condenser) were defective, which caused LNG to be sent to the flare. Test runs with natural gas emissions on the GrtGaz network will continue once this instrumentation is operational.

The vents to control pressure in the storage tanks have now been closed. They were opened as part of the safe-state in order to control pressure. Gas is now being sent to the flare to be burned, rather than simply being emitted into the atmosphere. The three LNG tanks have been constantly kept in a stationary state, and are now being cooled with LNG.

EDF claims that the incident’s potential impact on the schedule is still under evaluation.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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