Publish on 29/07/2016
Access to the site had been restricted to personnel needed for the operation, but has now been re-opened to all personnel and contractors.
Since Wednesday 27 July at 7:00pm, the 'safe-state' at the site has been lifted. Vents to control pressure in the storage tanks, which had been opened according to normal operational procedures, have now been closed; gas is no longer being emitted into the atmosphere but instead sent to the flare to be burned. The three tanks have been constantly kept in a stationary state, and all three are now being 'cooled' with LNG.
The cause of the incident has been identified: part of the 'levels' instrumentation (sensors) for installations being tested (condenser) were defective, ultimately causing LNG to be sent to the flare.
Test runs with natural gas emissions on the GrtGaz network will resume once this instrumentation is operational.
It should be noted that the safety devices, particularly the flare, worked perfectly. The Gaz-Opale operating personnel, in recruitment and training for more than a year, acted with all the professionalism required to support manufacturer TS LNG in managing the incident and bringing the terminal back to normal.
The unloading of the 2nd LNG cargo which was planned on August 7th will not take place. It is postponed between the 1st and on September 15th, 2016.
The stock of GNL is self-important to take back the test program.