Shell Australia FLNG Project Takes Shape

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The Prelude FLNG facility being developed by Shell Australia is making a positive impression on those involved with the project.

Shell Australia has confirmed that the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in the Browse Basin off Western Australia is on track to be a producer of enough gas to meet the annual demand in Hong Kong.

Speaking at the Australasian Oil and Gas Conference (AOG) in Perth this week, Shell Australia Country Chair Andrew Smith described a recent inspection of the vessel at the Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje construction shipyard in South Korea.

At almost 1,640 feet (500 meters) long and 246 feet (75 meters) wide, Smith was impressed with the sheer size of the facility. He said to create this world-first level of innovation Shell had worked with several partners on the project, such as Samsung.

“The FLNG facility is currently under construction in South Korea in one of the only yards in the world big enough to construct a facility of this size,” Smith said.

“Beyond being an engineering feat this is a great example of how Australia can deepen its international business relationships to achieve results right here in Australia.”

Once moored at its site off the northwest coast of WA Shell, Australia expects Prelude FLNG to operate for up to 25 years and produce almost 3.6 million tonnes (Mt) of LNG each year, as well as more than 1.3Mt of condensate and 0.4Mt of LPG.

“Prelude’s LNG production would be more than enough to meet Hong Kong’s yearly natural gas demand,” Smith said.


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