Contruction Starts on World's Biggest Offshore Floating Facility

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Shell celebrates the first steel cut for the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. The sheet of steel weighs 7.6 tonnes, is 4.3 metres wide, 13.8 metres long and 16.5 millimetres thick. (Photo: Shell)

At 1601 ft. long  x 242.7 ft. wide, the Prelude FLNG facility will be the largest offshore floating facility ever built. 

A new milestone was reached in the world’s use of LNG as fue, as Shell celebrated the cutting of first steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility’s substructure with joint venture participants, Inpex and KOGAS, and lead contractor, the Technip Samsung Consortium, at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje shipyard in South Korea.
 

“We are cutting 7.6 tons of steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility today, but in total, more than 260,000 tons of steel will be fabricated and assembled for the facility,” said Shell’s Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel .  “That’s around five times the amount of steel used to build the Sydney Harbor Bridge.”
When completed, the Prelude FLNG facility will be 488 m long and 74 m wide, making it the largest offshore floating facility ever built.  When fully equipped and with its cargo tanks full, it will weigh more than 600,000 tons.  There will be over 3,000 km of electrical and instrumentation cables on the FLNG facility, the distance from Barcelona to Moscow.
 

“Making FLNG a reality is no simple feat,” Matthias said.  “Shell is uniquely positioned to make it a success given our commercial capability; our LNG, offshore, deepwater and marine technology; and our proven ability to successfully deliver megaprojects.”
In order to meet the world’s growing energy demand, bringing new supplies to market is critical. The Prelude FLNG facility will be deployed in Australian waters over 200 km from the nearest point on the coast.  It will produce gas at sea, turn it into liquefied natural gas and then transfer it directly to the ships that will transport it to customers.
 

A team from Shell will manage the multi-year construction of the FLNG facility to ensure the Prelude project’s critical dimensions of safety, quality, cost and schedule are delivered.  Strategic partners Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries (the Technip Samsung Consortium) along with SBM and hundreds of suppliers and contractors around the world are all contributing valuable knowledge, skills and equipment to help make the project a success.  At peak levels, around 5,000 people will be working on the construction of the FLNG facility in South Korea; and another 1,000 will build the turret mooring system, subsea and wells equipment in other locations across the globe.
 

n the lead up to the facility being ready to start production, a number of actions will take place, such as drilling the production wells, installation of subsea flowlines and risers and mooring chains to prepare for the arrival of the FLNG facility.
Prelude FLNG is the latest in a line of Shell achievements in developing new technologies for the oil and gas industry, reinforcing its leadership in technology and innovation.  This is the first of what Shell expects to be multiple Shell FLNG projects.
 

  • Shell, Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries celebrate the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. Front row L-R: Project Director Jaap de Vries, Technip Chairman & CEO Thierry Pilenko, Shell Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel, Samsung Heavy Industries EVP and Shipyard G. (Photo: Shell)

    Shell, Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries celebrate the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. Front row L-R: Project Director Jaap de Vries, Technip Chairman & CEO Thierry Pilenko, Shell Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel, Samsung Heavy Industries EVP and Shipyard G. (Photo: Shell)

  • Shell celebrates the first steel cut for the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. The sheet of steel to be cut weighs 7.6 tonnes, is 4.3 metres wide, 13.8 metres long and 16.5 millimetres thick. (Photo: Shell)

    Shell celebrates the first steel cut for the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. The sheet of steel to be cut weighs 7.6 tonnes, is 4.3 metres wide, 13.8 metres long and 16.5 millimetres thick. (Photo: Shell)

  • Shell Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel at the first steel cut ceremony for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. (Photo: Shell)

    Shell Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel at the first steel cut ceremony for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. (Photo: Shell)

  • Shell, Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries celebrate the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. Front row L-R: Project Director Jaap de Vries, Technip Chairman & CEO Thierry Pilenko, Shell Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel, Samsung Heavy Industries EVP and Shipyard G. (Photo: Shell)
  • Shell celebrates the first steel cut for the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. The sheet of steel to be cut weighs 7.6 tonnes, is 4.3 metres wide, 13.8 metres long and 16.5 millimetres thick. (Photo: Shell)
  • Shell Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel at the first steel cut ceremony for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. (Photo: Shell)
Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Kleven Shipbuilding Wins IES Pioneer Contract

Norway’s Kleven announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract with Malaysian based joint venture company IES Pioneer Ltd. The vessel is of Norwegian design

Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered

Suicide Attack Escalates Libya Violence, Oil Output Slips

Crude output slips for first time since port deal; fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. Brega oil port seen open in few days. A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan

Legal

Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading

City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock

Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance

Korea Ferry Businessman's Body Located

Yoo had been target of South Korea's largest manhunt; Failure of police to catch Yoo had been burden for Park government. The body of South Korea's most wanted man,

Shipbuilding

Kleven Shipbuilding Wins IES Pioneer Contract

Norway’s Kleven announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract with Malaysian based joint venture company IES Pioneer Ltd. The vessel is of Norwegian design

Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered

FORAN Users Meeting (FORUM 2014)

The Eighth FORAN Users Meeting (FORUM 2014) took place June 11-13, 2014 in the Parador de la Granja, Segovia, and when it was over the organizers proclaimed it a great success,

Offshore

DNV GL Publishes Regulatory Roadmap for Floaters in the US

DNV GL announced it has mapped out what is necessary to be in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements to operate FOIs, FSOs and FPSOs in U.S. waters.

Second Typhoon Threatens Taiwan

The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines.

Shipbuilders Vard Report Financial Fair Sailing

Designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialised vessels, Vard Holdings, has announced its financial results for the second quarter of financial year 2014 (“2Q2014”),

Environmental

Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort,

Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading

City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock

Pier Damaged at Port Canaveral

Undergoing Repairs While Coast Guard Investigates   The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a weekend incident that caused pier damage and scattered concrete debris in the harbor on Sunday.

Energy

Suicide Attack Escalates Libya Violence, Oil Output Slips

Crude output slips for first time since port deal; fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. Brega oil port seen open in few days. A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan

Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading

City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock

Editorial: Gas ... It's Both the Question & the Answer

When the time comes to pull an edition together, sometimes the content simply takes on a life of its own, as is the case with the July 2014 edition and the proliferation of ‘gas’ throughout.

Fuels & Lubes

Suicide Attack Escalates Libya Violence, Oil Output Slips

Crude output slips for first time since port deal; fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. Brega oil port seen open in few days. A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan

Klüber Obtains Certification for Manufacturing Facilities

Klϋber Lubrication has received the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) ISO 21469 certification at its Londonderry, New Hampshire facility. The certification from

OSRO: The Child of Necessity

Most people in the maritime industry in the United States are familiar with the concept of the Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO).  It is one of the many quiet

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.4334 sec (2 req/sec)