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Shell restarts shipments from Australia’s Prelude FLNG

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Shell restarts shipments from Australia’s Prelude FLNG

Published date: 11 April 2022

Shipments from Shell’s 3.6mn t/yr Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia resumed on 10 April, with the first cargo departing at 21:50 Australian Western Standard Time (13:50 GMT).

Australia’s offshore security regulator the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema) gave approval for shipments to resume last month following a suspension since early December after a fire broke out at the Prelude FLNG facility.

“LNG cargoes have resumed from Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility,” Shell said.

Shell operates Prelude with a 67.5pc stake. Japanese upstream firm Inpex has a 17.5pc stake in the facility, while South Korean state-owned importer Kogas and Taiwanese state-controlled CPC own 10pc and 5pc, respectively.

Prelude has been dogged by production issues since it began shipments in June 2019. Production at the plant was halted in February 2020 because of technical issues and resumed around 11 months later in January 2021.

Prelude is one of 10 LNG plants in Australia.

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