Shell ships first Prelude FLNG cargo since December

Shell confirmed it had shipped the first LNG cargo from its 3.6 mtpa Prelude floating LNG producer offshore Western Australia following a fire in December.

“LNG cargoes have resumed from Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility following a temporary technical outage in December 2022,” a Shell spokesperson told LNG Prime on Thursday.

LNG Prime reported on Tuesday that the 170,000-cbm Methane Becki Anne, owned by GasLog Partners and chartered by Shell, was located at the giant FLNG.

This LNG carrier loaded a cargo and departed from the FLNG on Wednesday, according to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue.

Shell said 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.

Shell suspended production on the giant LNG producer without revealing when the firm expects to resume production again.

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

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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