Shell begins construction ofPrelude FLNG facility

Shell begins construction of the Prelude FLNG facility

7:34 AM, 18th October 2012
Shell begins construction of the Prelude FLNG facility
Matthias Bichsel, Director, Projects & Technology, Shell.

LONDON, UK: Shell began the construction on the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility’s substructure with joint venture participants, Inpex and KOGAS, and lead contractor, the Technip Samsung Consortium, at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje shipyard in South Korea.

“We are cutting 7.6 tonne of steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility, but in total, more than 260,000 tonne of steel will be fabricated and assembled for the facility. That’s around five times the amount of steel used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Today’s ceremony marks a major milestone in this project, when the innovative thinking and new technology and engineering solutions which will make FLNG possible begin to be realized,” said Matthias Bichsel, Director, Projects & Technology, Shell.

When completed, the Prelude FLNG facility will be 488 metre long and 74 metres wide, making it the largest offshore floating facility ever built. When fully equipped and with its cargo tanks full, it will weigh more than 600,000 tonne. There will be over 3,000 kilometre of electrical and instrumentation cables on the FLNG facility.

“Making FLNG a reality is no simple feat. Shell is uniquely positioned to make it a success given our commercial capability; our LNG, offshore, deepwater and marine technology; and our proven ability to successfully deliver megaprojects,” added Matthias.

In order to meet the world’s growing energy demand, bringing new supplies to market is critical. The Prelude FLNG facility will be deployed in Australian waters over 200 kilometre from the nearest point on the coast. It will produce gas at sea, turn it into liquefied natural gas and then transfer it directly to the ships that will transport it to customers.

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