The construction of Shell’s $12 billion Prelude project is on track, with the floating facility marking a number of milestones.
Shell’s Prelude FLNG will be the first structure of its kind anywhere in the world and is set to arrive off WA’s Kimberley coast in 2017.
Prelude will produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG, as well as volumes of condensate and liquefied petroleum gas.
In a new project update, Shell says the start of 2015 has been a busy and productive one for Prelude FLNG.
The company successfully finished season one of the Prelude field drilling campaign with the completion and testing of three wells.
Shell said the well performance (downhole pressure, temperature and flow rate) was in line with expectations, and the data acquisition program was executed as planned.
Shell has now commenced the season two campaign and will undertake the drilling, completion and unloading of the four remaining wells.
Meanwhile, in South Korea where Prelude is being constructed, five more topside modules were lifted to their final resting place in the first quarter.
Shell said three of these modules are at the heart of the FLNG process, housing the two large refrigerant compressors, the main cryogenic heat exchanger and the three cryogenic pre-coolers.
The commissioning and start-up (CSU) team will now start loop checking the 23,000 instruments on the facility to prove the instruments have been correctly installed and configured.
Prelude Project Director Didrik Reymert commented that he is "very pleased with our progress on Prelude however we continue to put safety and quality as lead drivers particularly as we head further into commissioning and integration activities".