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.