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Shell to build the worlds first FLNG facility

May 23/2011

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Shell has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the worlds first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling.

The decision means that Shell is now ready to start detailed design and construction of what will be the worlds largest floating offshore facility, in a ship yard in South Korea.

From bow to stern, Shells FLNG facility will be 488 metres long, and will be the largest floating offshore facility in the world longer than four soccer fields laid end to end. When fully equipped and with its storage tanks full, it will weigh around 600 KT roughly six times as much as the largest aircraft carrier. Some 260 KT of that weight will consist of steel around five times more than was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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