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Is all well with the Shell Prelude FLNG Project? 

Speculation by retired Shell experts: Is all well with the Shell Prelude FLNG Project? 

There have been past dire warnings about potential safety issues relating to the Shell Prelude FLNG Project, including from a knowledgable insider source, who supplied information and photographic evidence to support various allegations.

The LNG tanker Gallina visited Prelude in Mid April, and again in June, with transfer of LNG for purpose of cooling tanks etc, nothing unusual there other than it seems to be taking an awful long time.

Also here is a Project falling over itself in the early days to tell the world how wonderful things were going, but now there appears no update news at all on how the commissioning is going?

Have they got a problem(s), that they are keeping stumm about?

For example, a problem could have come from the inflow contents of the gas wells when they were opened up, maybe not cleaned up properly?

Surprisingly, the Australian press have not been pushing for input from Shell Australia, after all, this is a 12 billion plus project and waiting on the chilled liquid product (revenue rather than outgoings) is a bit like waiting for Godo.


It looks like Prelude has 19 helicopter fights per week. All of them are routed to the “Posh Arcaida” which is an accommodation vessel with up to 750 beds on board.

An article I read dated 17th March indicated that more than 17,500 people had been moved by helicopter since arrival.

Currently CHC Helicopters are scheduling up to 19 flights a week. That may equate to about 360 each way or a total of around 750 people. I think this may indicate the potential panic at the “slow startup”. I wonder what the contractual LNG delivery dates were to be and if any cargos have had to have been bought by Shell on the open market.

Link to the helicopter operators web site


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ARTICLE: What should frighten stiff Royal Dutch Shell shareholders: 15 March 2014 

ARTICLE: Tales of the Unexpected and Royal Dutch Shell Prelude FLNG: 28 March 2014 

ARTICLE: Prelude FLNG: A case of all your eggs in the one basket: 10 July 2014 

ARTICLE: Prelude FLNG risks are on par with modern offshore oil and gas facilities say Shell – but are they?: 23 Sept 2014

ARTICLE: Royal Dutch Shell Prelude Project ‘A Step Too Far’: 25 Sept 2014

ARTICLE: SpaceShip Two: Shell Prelude another pioneering venture fraught with risk: 2 November 2014

ARTICLE: WA turns spotlight on FLNG safety: 11 November 2014

ARTICLE: Prelude a giant production and processing barge masquerading as a ship: 11 November 2014 

ARTICLE: Sunday Times Article: Prelude a potential white elephant: 11 November 2014 

ARTICLE: Damning Verdict on Shell’s Prelude FLNG Propaganda: 12 November 2014 

ARTICLE: Combustible pioneering behemoths – the Hindenburg and Shell Prelude: 21 November 2014 

ARTICLE: Key role of Shell lawyers in pioneering Shell Prelude FLNG: 05 December 2014 

ARTICLE: The Future of Natural Gas: LNG vs. FLNG: 26 Feb 2015 

ARTICLE: The Sydney Morning Herald: WA inquiry shines spotlight on floating LNG safety fears: 8 May 2015 

ARTICLE: THE WEST AUSTRALIAN: Delays slow Prelude’s sail-away: 11 April 2016 

ARTICLE: THE WEST AUSTRALIAN: Gas industry needs to work harder, innovate: Shell boss: 12 April 2016 

ARTICLE: ENERGY VOICE: GE starts production on Shell’s Prelude risers, must withstand a 1-in-10,000-year cyclonic event: 11 April 2016 

ARTICLE: THE AUSTRALIAN: Shell chief Ben van Beurden backs FLNG program:13 April 2016 

ARTICLE: THE WEST AUSTRALIAN: Enthusiasm cools for Prelude FLNG: 13 April 2016 

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