Update: Shell’s Prelude FLNG ships first cargo after maintenance

Shell’s huge Prelude FLNG located offshore Western Australia has shipped its first LNG cargo since August this year when it started scheduled maintenance.

The UK-based LNG giant shut down the FLNG in August for maintenance saying it will take “several months” to complete it.

Shell said in November it extended the turnaround due to additional scopes of work.

Earlier this month, several reports said that Prelude’s turnaround had been completed but Shell did not confirm the completion of maintenance.

According to its AIS data, the 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Orion Bohemia, arrived at the FLNG on Wednesday and left the unit on Friday.

This 2022-built Shell-chartered LNG carrier loaded the first LNG cargo since the completion of Prelude FLNG’s maintenance.

“LNG cargoes have resumed from Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility following a major facility turnaround commenced in August,” a Shell spokesperson told LNG Prime on Friday.

The 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide FLNG shipped its first cargo in June 2019 after several start-up delays.

It can 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 has 10 percent, and Taiwan’s CPC holds 5 percent.

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.

After that, Shell closed the unit in December of the same year due to a fire and resumed shipments in January.

Shell again temporarily suspended production on the FLNG on May 10 due to a trip and resumed production two days after that.

(Updated on Thursday, December 28, to say that Prelude FLNG has resumed loading cargoes.)

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