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Prelude FLNG Ships First Shipment Since December Shutdown | Rigzone

Oil and gas supermajor Shell has resumed shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Prelude FLNG facility off Australia after a four-month shutdown caused by a major power outage.

The Prelude FLNG facility, owned and operated by Shell, experienced an unplanned event that resulted in a total loss of power to the facility on December 2, 2021, resulting in unreliable and intermittent power availability for three days.

Inspectors determined that Shell did not have a sufficient understanding of the facility’s electrical system risks, including mechanism failure, interdependencies and recovery.

As a reminder, the first major problem that occurred on the installation occurred in February 2020 when an electrical trip forced Shell to stop production. It was only brought back online in January 2021.

In late March, Australian watchdog NOPSEMA closed the investigation into the latest issues that caused production at Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility to shut down, paving the way for a restart.

This meant that Prelude FLNG would be out for most of the first quarter of 2022, according to a statement from Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden.

“Our focus at Prelude remains the long term and the delivery of safe, sustained and reliable performance well into the future. Shell notes NOPSEMA’s announcement confirming that the 1860 direction has been closed following Shell’s demonstration to NOPSEMA’s satisfaction that the facility can safely recover essential power and associated essential services following a power outage, and that essential safety and support systems are operating to maintain personnel safety,” said the company on Monday.

But, according to media sources, Shell completed the loading of a vessel which left the Prelude FLNG site on Sunday April 10.

Data from VesselsValue AIS shows that the LNG carrier in question is the 170,000 m3 Methane Becki Anne, owned by GasLog Partners. The data indicated that the vessel would be heading to Kogas’ Tongyeong LNG import facility in South Korea. VesselValue says it’s supposed to get there on April 21.

Located approximately 295 miles northeast of Broome, Western Australia in the Browse Basin, Prelude FLNG can produce up to 3.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG. It has never been easy for the facility as it shipped the first shipment of LNG in June 2019 after several delays.

The Prelude FLNG facility is operated by Shell in a joint venture with Inpex which holds a 17.5% interest in the project. KOGAS and OPIC are the other two partners in the field and hold 10 and 5 percent respectively.

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