Shell Prelude Project (Australia)
Prelude is not only the largest floating offshore facility ever constructed, it is also the world's first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) platform. The FLNG technologies developed for Prelude are also the 'first of a kind’ and will enable access to offshore gas fields that would otherwise be too difficult to access.
The technology within the floating facility will chill natural gas produced at the field to –162°C (-260°F), shrinking its volume x600, so it can be transported in vastly increased quantities all over the world.
The Prelude facility is being built at Samsung Heavy Industries’, Geoje Island ship yards in South Korea - one of the few yards in the world big enough for a construction project of this size. When completed the structure will be an astonishing 488m (1,600-feet) long, 74m (240-feet) wide, displacing around 600,000 tonnes of water - more than five times the displacement of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier!
Once constructed, the facility will be towed to its location, approximately 475 kilometres (around 300 miles) north-northeast of Broome, Western Australia. Prelude has been designed to withstand the most powerful tropical cyclones and is expected to remain permanently moored at the location for around 20-25 years before needing to dock for inspection and overhaul.
Orion Korea Project Services
Orion has delivered recruitment and other supporting business services to Shell's Prelude Project from their base in Ulsan. With over seven years in-country experience, Orion Korea Project Services has developed extensive regional knowledge and has the capability to supply a variety of supporting project functions to both domestic and international operations.
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