Shell’s Prelude FLNG ships first cargo since February 2020

Shell’s Prelude FLNG offshore Western Australia has exported its first cargo since February last year when it stopped production due to an electrical trip.

The 147,600-cbm Symphonic Breeze left the Prelude facility and should arrive at Japan’s Himeji port on January 16, its AIS data shows.

“LNG cargoes have resumed from Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility. Prelude is a multi-decade project, and our focus remains on delivering sustained performance over the long-term,” a Shell spokeswoman told LNG Prime in an emailed comment on Monday.

To remind, we reported on this development early last week as the vessel approached Prelude.

Another vessel is also heading to the giant LNG producer. The 174,000-cbm Gaslog Glasgow should arrive at Prelude next week.

Prelude FLNG received the 145,127-cbm Methane Heather Sally in November last year but this vessel arrived loaded with a cargo.

This LNG was probably used for cool-down as the giant unit prepared to come back online again.

Prelude shipped its first cargo in June 2019 after several start-up delays. The FLNG has the capacity to produce 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate, and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.

Moreover, Shell operates the floating facility located some 475 km from Broome in Western Australia, with a 67.5 percent stake.

Japan’s Inpex holds a 17.5 percent stake, Korea’s Kogas 10 percent, while Taiwan’s CPC holds 5 percent.

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