Shell Prelude FLNG

Shell's floating liquefield natural gas (FLNG) facility, Prelude, recently reached a significant milestone when gas was introduced onboard for the first time. The Gallina, an LNG Carrier from Singapore, delivered gas to Prelude. With gas onboard, Prelude's utilities were able to run with gas rather than diesel. Once fully operational, the project will deliver LNG to Shell's customers around the world.

Prelude FLNG is 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. 

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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