Prelude Floating LNG Terminal
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Shell / Inpex
  • Website: http://www.shell.com
  • Location: Browse Basin, off the northwest coast of Australia
  • Capacity: 3.6 million tonnes per annum
  • Status: Planned

Brief Description

  • Prelude is a floating facility. The dimensions of Shell’s FLNG facility are approximately 480 by 75 metres, and when fully ballasted, the FLNG facility will weigh around 600,000 tonnes. The platform will be the largest ship ever built
  • The Prelude Gas Field is located in the Browse Basin, northeast of Broome Western Australia, in water depths of approximately 820 feet (250 meters)

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity:
  • Constructor: Samsung Heavy Industries / Technip
  • Licensor: The technology for the project has been jointly developed between Shell, Technip & Samsung
  • GE is to provide the compression trains
  • Air Products is providing the liquefaction technology
  • Heatric is to supply printed circuit heat exchangers (PCHEs)
  • Drydocks World: Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the FLNG Turret Mooring System

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • Environmental approval obtained (November 2010)
  • Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase of development
  • Final investment decision has been made (May 2011)
  • The project is expected to be completed in 2016

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History

  • 2009 - Shell awarded a consortium of Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries the contract for the design, construction and installation of multiple FLNG facilities over a period of up to 15 years, based upon Shell’s proprietary design. Shell is planning for the first of these facilities to be deployed at the Prelude FLNG Project.
  • 2010 - Environmental approval obtained
  • 2011 - Final investment decision taken
  • 2011 - Technip / Samsung launch design process
  • 2012 - Nexus non-binding HOA with Shell & Osaka Gas to join project
  • 2012 - Inpex agrees to acquire a 17.5% participating interest in the project
  • 2012 - Major construction begins on the Prelude FLNG project
  • 2013 - Inpex signs loan agreement with JBIC
  • 2013 - The hull is completed

Other Information

  • Prelude is the first project of a master agreement with a consortium comprising Technip and Samsung for the design, construction and installation of multiple floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities over a period of up to fifteen years.

Relevant Links

  1. Project Homepage
  2. Prelude LNG development to deploy Shell's Floating LNG technology
  3. Shell awards floating LNG contracts to Technip and Samsung
  4. Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG Project receives environmental approval
  5. Shell decides to move forward with groundbreaking Floating LNG
  6. Technip Samsung Consortium to start detailed design and construction of Shell’s innovative FLNG facility
  7. FMC Technologies to Supply Subsea Systems for Shell's Prelude Project
  8. Air Products’ Leading Technology Selected for World’s First Floating LNG facility at Shell’s Australia Prelude Project
  9. GE Technology Selected for World’s Largest Floating LNG Platform
  10. Heatric to supply PCHEs for world’s first floating LNG facility
  11. Nexus non-binding HOA with Shell & Osaka Gas
  12. INPEX participates in the Prelude FLNG Project, offshore Australia
  13. FMC Technologies Awarded Offshore Loading Arm Systems Contract
  14. Major construction begins on the Prelude FLNG project - the world's biggest offshore floating facility
  15. Drydocks World to build world’s largest turret
  16. Loan for Acquisition of Interests and Development of Prelude Floating LNG Project in Australia
  17. Shell floats hull for world’s largest floating facility
  18. Video of the maiden voyage
  19. INPEX signs Heads of Agreement on LNG sales with two Japanese Utility Companies for the Prelude FLNG Project
  20. Giant turret module for world's largest floating facility sets sail for South Korea

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