Wood and KBR win backfill project for Shell’s Prelude FLNG

Article by Adam Duckett

At 488 m long, Prelude is the largest ship ever built

WOOD and KBR have won a contract to design the facility that will provide backfill gas to Shell’s mammoth Prelude floating LNG project off Australia.

The front-end engineering and design (FEED) project for Shell Australia’s Crux project will be carried out over 18 months by Wood and KBR’s engineering and project management teams in Perth, Australia with support from Wood’s staff in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The teams will provide a single integrated FEED for the topsides, jacket, export pipeline and subsea pipeline end manifold.

The resulting remotely-operated “not normally manned” platform that will dry gas produced from five production wells and export it to Prelude through a new 160 km multiphase gas pipeline. Backfill gas is a new source provided to help support continued operation at an existing operation. Shell announced last December that its US$12bn Prelude facility had started production 475 km off of Western Australia. The ship is the largest ever built, measuring 488 m long. It has a 5.3m t/y production capacity: 3.6m t/y of LNG, 1.3m t/y of condensate, and 0.4m t/y of LPG.

Article by Adam Duckett

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