Summer 2012

Providing support to Shell’s FLNG Prelude

Shell is to build the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas facility (FLNG), holding the potential to unlock vital energy resources offshore, without the need to lay pipelines and build processing plants on land – and Fendercare has been awarded a contract to supply much needed mooring and monitoring equipment for this important new vessel.

The FLNG facility is an ambitious and highly innovative development on the part of Shell, which will build upon the company’s pioneering experience in the liquefied natural gas sector, helping to open up new natural gas fields at sea that are currently considered too costly or challenging to develop.

The first site to use FLNG will be Shell’s Prelude gas field, 200 kilometres off Australia’s north-west coast. Shell has progressed the Prelude FLNG project at rapid pace, with first production of LNG expected just ten years after the gas was discovered. Once complete, the facility will have decks measuring 488 by74 metres, the length of more than four soccer fields. Fully ballasted it will weigh roughly six times as much as the largest aircraft carrier.

Supporting this important Shell project, Fendercare Marine has been awarded a contract to supply the crucial fenders, fender davits, quick release hooks and mooring monitoring systems required by the FLNG Prelude.

Phil Shaw, Fendercare Marine Sales Manager explains:

“The award of this contract demonstrates our ability to provide solutions to projects at the forefront of the FLNG industry. It also further underscores the growing position of Fendercare as one of the world’s leading marine product and service providers.”

Once operational, the Prelude FLNG facility will produce at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquids: 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate (equivalent to 35,000 bbl/d) and 0.4 mtpa of LPG, helping to meet the growing natural gas demand of Asia. 

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