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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

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.

Industry first

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.

Shell is a strategic partner for INPEX in developing the Abadi gas field in Indonesia. The project is currently designing an FLNG facility for the first phase of the field’s development and working on plans to develop the rest of the field.

In September 2013 the Woodside-operated Browse joint venture chose Shell FLNG as the design concept to commercialise its fields in the Browse Basin of the coast of Australia.