After a journey of nearly 6,000 kilometers, Prelude FLNG arrived in Australia where it will produce liquefied natural gas for the next 25 years. But first, the project team must moor the largest floating facility ever built.
The video shows the mooring of leg number eight on Prelude.
At 660,000 tonnes when fully loaded, Prelude weighs six times more than the largest aircraft carriers in the world, and it will operate in an area known for extreme weather conditions.
“The need for this mooring system to work is critical. We could hit the cyclones and this mooring system will hold us in place,” Damian Wake, Offshore Installation Lead, explains.
The 488-meter-long facility started its journey from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industry to Australia at the end of June.
Prelude represents the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology that will see the facility extracting and liquefying gas at sea, before it is exported around the globe. The project is located approximately 475 kilometers north-north east of Broome in Western Australia.