RESOURCES business Shell Australia has announced the arrival of its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility in Australian waters.
According to Shell, Prelude is the first deployment of its FLNG technology, that is to see a 488metre long floating facility extracting and liquefying gas at sea, before being exported to customers worldwide.
The project is located about 475km north-north east of Broome.
Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich said the arrival of the Prelude FLNG facility signalled a new era for Australian LNG exports, with the first floating liquefaction facility deployed locally.
“Prelude’s arrival is a clear demonstration of Shell’s long standing commitment to investment and development in Australia – delivering significant economic benefits to the nation,” she said.
Ms Yujnovich said Shell had awarded a majority of Prelude contracts to Australian contractors.
These included the contract awarded to Australian engineering company Monadelphous for maintenance and modification services valued at $200m.
“Prelude is an Australian project and Shell has recognised how important it is to build strong partnerships with Australian industry,” she said.
“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.
“West Australian based company CIVMEC, a construction and engineering services provider, constructed the four massive anchor piles for Prelude’s subsea flowlines from their facility in Henderson.”
The Prelude project will employ 260 local workers on board the facility during operations and create over a 1500 jobs during the hook-up and commissioning phase.
Shell expects to see start earning money from the project as early as next year.
From the print edition August 3, 2017