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Royal Dutch Shell has carried out the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Prelude floating natural gas (FLNG) facility offshore Western Australia (WA).

The shipment will be delivered by the Valencia Knutsen LNG tanker to customers in Asia.

The Prelude FLNG facility is located in the Browse Basin, approximately 475km offshore the coastal town of Broome in WA. Designed for the extraction and liquefaction of LNG without the need for an onshore processing plant, the facility is the largest FLNG platform as well as the largest offshore facility ever constructed.

The Prelude project is expected to produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petroleum gas.

Shell is the operator of the Prelude FLNG project with an operating interest of 67.5%. Partners in the joint venture include Japanese oil company Inpex with 17.5%, Korean natural gas company KOGAS with 10% and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development financial institution, with 5%.

The FLNG facility first arrived in the Browse Basin in July 2017 and entered its initial phase of production in December 2018, with the first condensate cargo from Prelude shipping in March 2019.

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Shell integrated gas and new energies director Maarten Wetselaar said: “Today’s first shipment of LNG departed from Prelude FLNG, safely. Everyone involved should be very proud of the work taken to reach this important milestone.

“Prelude forms an integral part of our global portfolio and plays an important role in meeting the growing demand for more and cleaner energy for our customers around the world.”
Shell Australia chair Zoe Yujnovich said: “Prelude FLNG combines human endeavour and ingenuity from across the globe and here in Australia. We are proud to work with our local communities, suppliers and partners to ensure its safe, reliable operations into the future.”