The 488-meter-long hull of Shells Prelude floating
liquefied natural gas (FLNG) plant has been floated out of
the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in
Geoje, South Korea, where it is currently under construction
, the company said on
Once complete, Prelude FLNG will be the largest floating
facility ever built. It will unlock new energy resources
offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tpy of LNG to
meet growing demand, according to the company.
Making FLNG a reality is no simple feat,"
said Matthias Bichsel, director of project
s and technology
for Shell. "A project
of this complexity -- oth
in size and ingenuity -- harnesses the best of engineering,
design, manufacturing and supply chain expertise from around
"Getting to this stage of construction
, given we only cut
the first steel a year ago, is down to the expert team we
have ensuring that the project
s critical dimensions
of safety, quality, cost and schedule are delivered," he
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
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,
according to the company.
Prelude FLNG is the first deployment of Shells FLNG technology
and will operate in a
remote basin around 475 kilometers north-east of Broome,
Western Australia, for around 25 years. The facility will
remain onsite during all weather events, the company says,
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 OPIC (5%). It is also working
with long-term strategic partners Technip and Samsung Heavy
Industries (the Technip Samsung Consortium).