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Shell’s Newest Environmental Circus Act: Prelude FLNG in Western Australia

Posted by John Donovan: 9 July 2024

In the latest chapter of “Shell’s Ever-Expanding Environmental Impact,” John Wood Group PLC has snagged a massive engineering contract for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility in Western Australia. Because clearly, the world’s largest floating offshore gas facility is exactly what we need right now.

Brownfield Engineering Extravaganza:

This shiny new contract has Wood providing brownfield engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCm) solutions for Prelude. In other words, they’ll be making sure this gigantic floating gas factory operates smoothly while Shell continues its legacy of prioritizing profits over the planet.

Industry Wisdom:

“LNG is a key transition fuel as industry balances the need for global energy security with the importance of urgent reduction in carbon emissions,” said Wood’s chief executive Ken Gilmartin. Oh, the irony. Balancing energy security with reducing carbon emissions by building the world’s largest floating gas facility—because nothing says “urgent carbon reduction” like another massive fossil fuel project.

A Match Made in Corporate Heaven:

“We are delighted to build on our 70-year global relationship with Shell to deliver integrated brownfield engineering solutions for Prelude, the world’s largest floating offshore gas facility,” Gilmartin added. Yes, because what’s another 70 years of environmental degradation between friends?

This contract supposedly draws on Wood’s global LNG expertise and reinforces their position as a market leader for brownfield engineering across Australia. Translation: they’re really good at keeping old, polluting facilities running smoothly.

So, congrats to Shell and Wood Group on this latest venture. Here’s to more floating monstrosities in the name of “energy security” and “carbon reduction.” What could possibly go wrong?

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