ABB to provide equipment and services for the world’s largest floating facility

Shell's Prelude project

Global power and automation specialist ABB has been contracted to deliver equipment and services for Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility.

The five-year contract will see ABB deliver equipment and services to Prelude FLNG to help the facility minimise downtime and optimise efficiency.

In addition to supplying motors, generators, variable speed drives and low voltage switchgear, ABB will guarantee service and lifecycle management of the electrical equipment as well as service and support for motors from third-party vendors.

The electrical system will power 14 gas plant modules, allowing the facility to produce 5.3 million tonnes of liquefied gas per annum.

ABB will also build up a spare parts inventory, execute workshop repairs, conduct training and provide round-the-clock technical support over phone and on-site.

ABB Discrete Automation and Motion division president Pekka Tiitinen said Prelude will be equipped with the company’s integrated marine solutions for optimal reliability, flexibility and energy efficiency to assure higher profitability.

The world-first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility Prelude is 488 metres long and 74 metres wide, with a loaded displacement of 600,000 tonnes.

Prelude will be towed to its location off the northwest coast of Australia, and attached to the underwater infrastructure in the Browse Basin. 

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