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Shell’s Floating Money Machine Back in Action Just in Time for Winter Profits

…let’s take a stroll down memory lane. The Prelude, a name that surely suggests a grand beginning, has had a few… let’s call them hiccups, since its 2019 debut. A fire here, a full power loss there – just the usual teething problems for the world’s largest floating LNG facility. The Prelude’s track record reads a bit like a soap opera plot – halted production, union strikes for higher wages, and let’s not forget the cozy little fire…

Posted by John Donovan:  18 Dec 2023

Ah, the wonders of modern technology and impeccable timing! Shell, ever the paragon of environmental stewardship and operational smoothness, has graced the world with the news that its Prelude LNG facility is back up and running. This floating marvel, which stretches longer than four soccer fields (because size matters in the world of fossil fuels), is conveniently revving up just as the northern hemisphere enters its peak gas-guzzling season. Talk about timing!

Situated a mere 300 miles off Australia’s west coast, this behemoth of gas production has been on a bit of a break since August. You know, just a casual maintenance stint. But fret not, within days, it’s ready to churn out its precious cargo, with the Shell tanker Orion Bohemia lurking nearby like a loyal pet, ready to lap up the first batch of LNG since August 8th.

But let’s take a stroll down memory lane. The Prelude, a name that surely suggests a grand beginning, has had a few… let’s call them hiccups, since its 2019 debut. A fire here, a full power loss there – just the usual teething problems for the world’s largest floating LNG facility.

In a move that screams efficiency and perhaps a dash of desperation to cash in on the winter demand, Shell reportedly scrapped a year-long overhaul for a shorter maintenance spell. Why wait a year to fix all the issues when you can just slap on some duct tape and get back to business, right?

The Prelude’s track record reads a bit like a soap opera plot – halted production, union strikes for higher wages, and let’s not forget the cozy little fire last December. But like any good drama, it’s back for another season, just in time to keep the gas flowing and the profits rolling.

In a modest display of humility, Shell declined to comment on their latest achievement. After all, why boast about bringing a giant, intermittently flammable gas facility back online just in time to capitalize on peak winter demand? That’s just another day at the office for our favourite oil giant.

Disclaimer: As always, Shell is cordially invited to correct any factual inaccuracies, though the facts here seem to be as solid as the Prelude’s penchant for unexpected downtime.

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