Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has left South Korea on its way to northwest Australia.
The facility, constructed by Technip Samsung Consortium, is being towed to Australia, where the next phase of the project will begin, according to Shell.
On arrival at the Prelude offshore gas field, 475km northeast of Broome in Western Australia, pre-installed mooring chains will be lifted from the seabed and secured to the facility. Once secure, the hook-up and commissioning process will begin.
Shell described Prelude FLNG as an important project in its portfolio.
“It will provide liquefied natural gas for customers around the world and generate cash flow that will help drive the performance of Shell’s integrated gas business,” the company said in a statement.
“The safe and reliable start-up of Prelude’s operations will be the project team’s focus throughout the next phase. Cash flow from the project is expected in 2018.”
Shell, which owns 67.5 per cent of the project, launched construction of Prelude FLNG in October 2012. The facility is 488m long and 74m wide, making it the largest offshore floating facility ever built.