Royal Dutch Shell’s Australian subsidiary has confirmed the arrival of the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in Australian waters from South Korea.
The 488m-long FLNG facility began its journey from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje to Australia in late June to reach the offshore Prelude gas field, located about 475km north-north east of Broome in Western Australia.
According to Shell Australia, the floating facility will extract and liquefy gas from the Prelude gas field prior to its export to the company’s customers around the world.
Most of Prelude’s contracts were given to Australian contractors by Shell. Also included in them is the $200m worth maintenance and modification services contract awarded to Australian engineering firm Monadelphous.
Shell Australia Chairman Zoe Yujnovich said that Prelude is an Australian project and Shell has understood how vital it is to develop strong partnerships with Australian industry.
Yujnovich added: “To develop and maintain a safe, high performance culture on the facility, Shell has partnered with South Metropolitan TAFE in Western Australia to develop specific training for Prelude technicians.
“One hundred and fifty technicians have been trained across a broad range of critical skills, including helicopter landing and refuelling skills, rigging, scaffolding and first aid.”
An another Australian firm that was involved in the FLNG project is CIVMEC which has build four anchor piles for subsea flowlines of Prelude from its Henderson facility.
The Prelude project is expected to hire 260 local workers on board the vessel during operations. During the hook-up and commissioning phase, Shell expects the project to open up more than 1500 jobs.
Shell is the operator of the Prelude gas field with a stake of 67.5% while INPEX is the other major partner with a stake of 17.5%. CPC and KOGAS are the other partners having stakes of 5% and 10% respectively.
The Prelude FLNG facility is expected to have a production of at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquids. Out of which 3.6 mtpa will be of LNG, 1.3 mtpa will be of condensate and the remainder 0.4 mtpa will be of liquefied petroleum gas.
Image: Prelude leaving SHI shipyard in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell plc.