Royal Dutch Shell is planning more floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) plants after the completion of its Prelude project, which is currently under construction in Western Australia.
Construction on the FLNG facility began in 2012 and is expected to be completed in early 2017.
Shell Australia production general manager, Michael Schoch, speaking to The Telegraph in Australia, said: "Expertise gained from the Prelude project will help develop other floating LNG opportunities, with the expertise residing here and the world will be looking at us.”
He added that no specific numbers had been mentioned.
Situated 500km off Kimberley coast, the Prelude FLNG facility will be 488m long, 74m wide and weigh about 600,000t, featuring a double-hulled steel body.
Shell said once complete, Prelude is expected to contribute around $45bn to the Australian economy, as well as creating 1,000 new jobs.
The facility will be made of 0.26t of steel with a deck area longer than four football fields.
The company said the facility, which will be the biggest ever to be built in the world, will feature gas receiving and processing facilities, control rooms, accommodation and storage facilities.
Approved by the Australian Government in November 2010, the Prelude FLNG project will be used to develop Shell’s Prelude and Concerto gas fields, situated in the Browse Basin, offshore of Western Australia.
Image: The Prelude FLNG project is expected to be completed in early 2017.