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VIDEO: Prelude FLNG arrives in Australia

By  Melissa Sustaita Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:51

Shell has confirmed that its massive Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility has arrived at its location in the Prelude field, offshore Australia.

An aerial view of the Prelude FLNG, on its journey from South Korea to Australia. Image from Shell Instagram.

The vessel, which is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology, was build in South Korea by the Technip Samsung consortium, and set sail in late-June. Prelude travelled 5800km to its final destination about 475km north-north east of Broome in Western Australia.

Shell says the Prelude FLNG will now start hook-up and commissioning, which is expected to take nine-12 months. It will be moored in 250m water depth and will have a capacity of at least 5.3 MTPA of liquids: 3.6 MTPA of LNG, 1.3 MTPA of condensate and 0.4 MTPA of liquefied petroleum gas.

The Prelude will see a 488m long floating facility extracting and liquefying gas at sea, before it is exported to customers worldwide. 

Shell Australia Chairman Zoe Yujnovich says the arrival of the Prelude FLNG facility signals a new era for the Australian LNG export industry, with the first floating liquefaction facility deployed in local waters.

Shell awarded a majority of the Prelude project contracts to Australian contractors.

“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,” says Yujnovich.

Shell has trained 150 technicians across a broad range of critical skills, including helicopter landing and refueling skills, rigging, scaffolding and first aid, says the company.

The Prelude project will employ 260 local workers on board the facility during operations and create over a 1500 jobs during the hook-up and commissioning phase of the project.  Shell expects to see cashflow from the project during 2018.

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