The Technip Samsung Consortium today got the nod from Shell for the construction of the Prelude FLNG, the world’s first floating liquified natural gas facility. The consortium will provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation for the FLNG facility Shell will deploy at its Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia.
Moored far out at sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land, the Prelude FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields and liquefy it onboard by cooling. Detailed design of the innovative facility will be undertaken by TSC at Technip’s operating centers in Paris, France, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and it will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, Korea, where the Notice to Proceed signing ceremony took place.
The Shell Prelude FLNG facility will be the largest floating offshore facility in the world, with 488 meters from bow to stern – longer than four soccer fields laid end to end. When fully loaded, it will weigh around 600,000 tonnes. Floating LNG is a revolutionary innovation that will allow the production, liquefaction, storage and transfer of LNG at sea, helping to open up new offshore natural gas fields that are currently too costly or difficult to develop.