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Floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG)
Revolutionary technology will help unlock new resources of natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel, by turning it to liquid at sea. A giant floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility will produce, process and store the gas before it is shipped overseas.
Natural gas provides a cleaner alternative for power generation. But not all gas fields are located near to the towns and cities that need the energy. Chilling the gas to -162° Celsius (-260° F) converts it into a liquid, reducing its volume by 600 times so it can be shipped to markets around the world.
Benefits at sea
Shell launched the world’s first project to construct an FLNG facility
Traditionally, liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants are built on land. With around five decades of experience in the LNG industry, Shell has been developing new technology since the mid-nineties that will allow the gas to be cooled at sea.
Moving the production and processing out to sea where the gas is found is a major innovation that brings huge new energy resources within reach. It also helps to avoid the potential environmental impact of constructing and operating a plant on land, including laying pipelines to shore and building other infrastructure.
Prelude FLNG’s hull measures nearly half a kilometre in length and weighs over 200,000 tonnes
We are surging ahead with the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas facility, Prelude FLNG, off Australia’s north-west coast. We expect Prelude FLNG to be the first of many FLNG projects. This approach makes it possible to unlock new natural gas resources, including smaller, remote fields as well as large fields supported by several facilities.
There are also plans to use our FLNG technology and expertise elsewhere.
The Woodside-led Sunrise Joint Venture has chosen FLNG as its preferred development concept to develop the Greater Sunrise gas fields in the Timor Sea.
Shell has a 30% share in INPEX’s Abadi gas field project off the coast of Indonesia. Shell is the strategic partner and will leverage its FLNG related expertise and project delivery capabilities to support Inpex in the successful development of the Phase 1 FLNG project (2.5 mtpa) and concept development for the full field development.