LNG tanker arrives at Shell’s Prelude FLNG off Australia

Shell’s 3.6 mtpa Prelude floating LNG producer offshore Western Australia has welcomed its first tanker following a fire in December.

The 170,000-cbm Methane Becki Anne, owned by GasLog Partners and chartered by Shell, was on Tuesday located at the giant FLNG, according to its AIS data.

A Shell spokesperson told LNG Prime on Tuesday that the company does not have a new update regarding the restart of production.

The spokesperson told this publication on January 10 Shell was working to restart production on the FLNG.

Shell announced last month that a “small” fire, which occurred on December 21 in a turbine enclosure, was “quickly contained” using a hand-held extinguisher while there were no injuries.

The LNG giant “temporarily” suspended production on the LNG producer without revealing when it expects to resume production again.

Earlier on the day of incident, the floating LNG producer had loaded a cargo of LNG following planned maintenance.

In September last year, Shell resumed cargo loading operations at Prelude after it reached an agreement with unions representing Prelude FLNG workers to end a long strike and restart operations on the giant floating producer.

Prior to that, the floating LNG producer came back online again in April as Shell closed the unit after an incident in December.

Prelude shipped its first cargo in June 2019 and has the capacity to produce 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate, and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.

Shell operates the floating facility with a 67.5 percent stake. Japan’s Inpex holds a 17.5 percent stake, South Korea’s Kogas 10 percent, and Taiwan’s CPC holds 5 percent.

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