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Shell connects mooring lines to Prelude FLNG

Shell connects mooring lines to Prelude FLNG

Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility is ready for the next phase of commissioning, with the 16 mooring lines safely connected to the vessel.

The hook-up and commissioning phase is an important milestone for the FLNG facility.

With the mooring lines connected, the facility will now proceed with the hook-up to the subsea equipment, as well as with the system tests, berthing trials, and imports of LNG and LPG to facilitate commissioning.

The hook-up and commissioning phase of the project is expected to take between 9 and 12 months.

Shell is developing the Prelude, Concerto and Crux gas fields, located in permits WA-44L and AC/L9 in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia.

Prelude will be located approximately 475 km northeast of Broome and over 200 km from the nearest point on the coast of the remote Kimberley region, in Western Australia.

The project is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology, which will see the giant floating facility extracting, liquefying and storing gas at sea, before it is exported to customers around the globe.

The facility will produce 3.6 million t of LNG per year, as well as 1.3 million t of condensate and 0.4 million t of LPG per year.

At 488 m long and 74 m wide the Prelude is the largest FLNG facility ever built; it was constructed and commissioned in Geoje, South Korea.

Joint venture participants in the project include Shell (operator, 67.5 per cent), INPEX (17.5 per cent), KOGAS (10 per cent) and OPIC (5 per cent).

For more information visit the Shell website.

If you have a project you would like featured in Pipelines International contact Managing Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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