Supermajor Royal Dutch Shell announced that it has connected all 16 mooring lines to secure the giant Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility at the Prelude field, 475km north-north east of Broome, Australia.
Built by the Technip-Samsung Corporation, the 488-meter-long, 74-meter-wide, 600,000 tonne (fully laden) behemoth, the largest floating structure on the planet, left the Geoje shipyard in South Korea in late June and had reached Australian waters late last month. It was built by the Technip-Samsung consortium.
Shell announced news of the connection and posted drone footage of Prelude on social media.
The 16 mooring chains were pre-positioned on the seabed and then lifted and secured to the facility. The hook-up and commissioning phase of the entire production system can now start, a process which is expected to take 9-12 months.
Prelude will produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year. It has been designed to withstand a category 5 cyclone and will remain at the location for 20 to 25 years.
The Prelude FLNG project is operated by Shell in joint venture with Inpex (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%).