Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility began its sailaway from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, yesterday heading for northwest Australia to the Prelude gas field.
The largest floating facility ever built was constructed by Technip Samsung Consortium. Upon completing its 3,600-mile journey to the Browse Basin 295 miles off Broome, Australia, Prelude will be moored with pre-installed mooring chains lifted from the seabed. Hookup and commissioning will then begin. Located in the East China Sea on 29 June, the estimated time of arrival according to the Marine Tracker website is 30 July.
Expected to begin operating and generating cash flow next year, the USD 12.5-billion project was hampered by long delays since Shell’s final investment decision in 2011. Prelude is expected to produce 3.6 million metric tons/year of LNG and remain on location for 20–25 years, tapping into 3 Tcf of liquids-rich gas in the field discovered in 2007. Ocean-going LNG carriers will offload the LNG.
Time-Lapse Video of Construction
|PRELUDE FLNG BY THE NUMBERS|
► >600 engineers worked on the facility’s design