Shell Prelude FLNG

Shell will soon begin commissioning Prelude, the world's first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, following its arrival at the Prelude field location. Prelude FLNG will be the largest floating facility ever built. It will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 5.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquids: 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petrolem gas. 

"Making FLNG a reality is no simple feat," said Matthias Bichsel, Shell Projects & Technology Director. "A project of this complexity, both in size and ingenuity, harnesses the best of engineering, design, manufacturing and supply chain expertise from around the world."

FLNG will allow Shell to produce natural gas at sea, turn it into liquefied natural gas and then transfer it directly to the ships that will transport it to customers. It will enable the development of gas resources ranging from clusters of smaller more remote fields to potentially larger fields via multiple facilities where, for a range of reasons, an onshore development is not viable. This can mean faster, cheaper, more flexible development and deployment strategies for resources that were previously uneconomic or constrained by technical or other risks.

Prelude FLNG is the first deployment of Shell's FLNG technology and will operate in the Bowen Basin, approximately 475 kilometres (300 miles) north-north east of Broome, Western Australia. It will remain permanently moored at the location for approximately 20 to 25 years before being docked for inspection and overhaul. The facility will remain onsite during all weather events, having been designed to withstand a category 5 cyclone.

Shell is the operator of Prelude FLNG in joint venture with INPEX (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and CPC (5%), working with long-term strategic partners Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries (the Technip Samsung Consortium).

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