Japanese engineering firm JGC Corporation has won a contracted to support the completion of Shell’s Prelude floating LNG facility.
JGC said the construction work on the giant vessel − which is 1,600 ft long, 240ft wide and weighs in at 600,000 tonnes − was in its final stages in South Korea.
Once commissioned, it will produce 3.6million tonnes of LNG per year from the Prelude and Concerto gas fields, in the Browse Basin, off Australia.
The floating facility will chill natural gas produced at the field to –162°C, shrinking its volume by 600 times so it can be shipped to customers in other parts of the world.
Shell’s project partners are Inpex (17.5%), CPC (5%) and Kogas (10%).