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BP shuts down Tangguh LNG plant for August repairs

Jakarta: Indonesia's Tangguh liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Papua will be temporarily shut in August to resolve problems since its start-up earlier this year, an official at BP Indonesia said on Monday.

Tangguh, with a capacity to produce 7.6 million tonnes per year (tpy) via two trains, sent one LNG cargo to South Korea's POSCO and one to China's Fujian terminal last month.

"We are planning to temporarily shut down Tangguh Train 1 to rectify a number of initial problems identified during the start up phase of the plant," Nico Kanter, BP Indonesia head of country, told Reuters in an email without giving details.

"It is not unusual for the start up of a plant to show up a number issues such as this. The work is expected to last for a number of weeks," he said. [04/08/09]

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