Prelude on course for 2018 startup


SHELL’S watershed Prelude FLNG facility remains on scheduled for a 2018 startup, despite six worker fatalities and 20 injuries at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard last week.
This occurred when a crane collapsed at the shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, during construction of Total’s Martin Linge topsides. Work was suspended at the yard after the incident.
Shell CFO Jessica Uhl said, however, that the incident was not related to construction of Prelude, which is being built to produce 3.6 million tons of LNG per annum from the offshore Prelude and Concerto gas fields about 480km north-east of Broome.
Uhl said construction of the world’s largest offshore facility remains on track: “We’ve indicated that start-up was in 2018 and we remain confident in that timing,” she said.
On completion, Posh Terasea will deploy five vessels to tow Prelude to its final destination off Western Australia.


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