Shell’s Prelude FLNG arrives in Australia
Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has reached Australian waters after leaving Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, last month.
The 488m-long facility will be used for extracting and liquefying gas at sea from the project, located nearly 475km north-north-east of Broome, Western Australia.
Pre-installed mooring chains will now be lifted from the seabed and secured to the facility, with hook-up and commissioning then beginning.
Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich said: “Prelude’s arrival is a clear demonstration of Shell’s long-standing commitment to investment and development in Australia, delivering significant economic benefits to the nation.
"To develop and maintain a safe, high-performance culture on the facility, Shell has partnered with South Metropolitan TAFE in Western Australia to develop specific training for Prelude technicians.
“One hundred and fifty technicians have been trained across a broad range of critical skills, including helicopter landing and refuelling skills, rigging, scaffolding, and first aid.”
During hook-up and commissioning, the Prelude project will create nearly 1,500 jobs, while it will employ 260 local workers on-board during operations.
Developed by Technip Samsung Consortium, the facility is said to form an important project in Shell’s portfolio.
The four large anchor piles for Prelude’s subsea flowlines were constructed by West Australian-based construction and engineering services company CIVMEC at its facility in Henderson.
Prelude will provide liquefied natural gas to customers worldwide.
The facility is expected to have a production capacity of at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquids, comprising 3.6Mtpa of LNG, 1.3Mtpa of condensate, and 400,000tpa of liquefied petroleum gas.
Image: Prelude FLNG, visual impression looking down on the vessel. Photo: courtesy of Shell via flickr.