Shell Pre­lude

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Con­struc­tion Mile­stones

Shell Aus­tralia Chair­man Zoe Yu­jnovich said the ar­rival of the Pre­lude FLNG fa­cil­ity in Aus­tralian wa­ters in July last year sig­nalled a new era for the Aus­tralian LNG ex­port in­dus­try, with the first float­ing liq­ue­fac­tion fa­cil­ity de­ployed in lo­cal wa­ters.

Shell had awarded most Pre­lude con­tracts to Aus­tralian con­trac­tors, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Mon­adelp­hous for main­te­nance and mod­i­fi­ca­tion ser­vices val­ued at $200 mil­lion. Wa-based CIVMEC con­structed the four mas­sive an­chor piles for Pre­lude’s sub­sea flow­lines from its Hen­der­son fa­cil­ity.

“There is still a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work ahead of us, and the pri­or­ity is to com­plete this work safely and bring a re­li­able as­set on­line.”

The com­pany also part­nered with South Metropoli­tan TAFE in WA to de­velop spe­cific train­ing for Pre­lude tech­ni­cians.

The Pre­lude project will em­ploy 260 lo­cal work­ers on board the fa­cil­ity dur­ing op­er­a­tions, and 1500 dur­ing the hook-up and com­mis­sion­ing phase of the project.

In Novem­ber, Shell an­nounced that it had re­cently com­pleted the in­stal­la­tion of the thrusters, al­low­ing Pre­lude to weath­er­vane around its tur­ret.

This is a key fea­ture in Pre­lude’s de­sign, to en­sure she can with­stand wind and sea con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a one-in-10,000-year storm.

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