Shell has hit gas in the Concerto-1 well drilled near its Prelude gas field in the Browse basin permit, off Western Australia.

The company is now working to establish the extent of the find and to consider development options.

The Prelude gas field could build on Shell’s floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) technology.

Shell recently awarded Samsung Heavy Industries and Technip a deal to design, construct and install a series of FLNG plants.