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Prelude: A year of working dangerously

Prelude: A year of working dangerously

Mark Tilly: Journalist: 05 February 2021

Mark Tilly

“…unions allege a culture of silence that keeps many other incidents unreported thanks to employees’ fear of reprisals.: One complainant filed in April, 2020 said they had been “intimidated and pressured by numerous phone calls and messages from representatives of the Shell company…”

SHELL’s floating LNG facility made headlines last year for all the wrong reasons, after a spate of technical issues forced the multi-billion dollar facility to halt production and cease sending cargoes for almost a year just months after it finally started up. read more

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Two LNG Tankers Bound for Australia’s Prelude Facility Divert?

Two LNG Tankers Bound for Australia’s Prelude Facility Divert

Jessica Jaganathan January 19, 2021

Two liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers that had initially signaled they would load at Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude floating LNG facility in Australia have diverted elsewhere, ship-tracking data showed on Tuesday.

This comes just a week after Shell said that Prelude would resume loading cargoes after production had been suspended for nearly a year following an electrical trip.

The facility loaded its first cargo since coming back online on Jan. 8 onto the LNG tanker Symphonic Breeze which delivered its shipment into Japan on Monday. read more

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Australia’s Prelude FLNG shipments resume: Shell

Australia’s Prelude FLNG shipments resume: Shell

Published date: 11 January 2021

Cargo shipments have resumed at the 3.6mn t/yr Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) offshore Western Australia (WA), around 11 months after it went off line in February 2020 because of technical issues.

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

Prelude FLNG in the Browse basin has been plagued by technical issues since it started shipments in June 2019. read more

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Shell Restarts Production At Huge Prelude Project As LNG Prices Soar

Prelude was planned as a flagship floating LNG project for the Anglo-Dutch supermajor. Like most other large-scale offshore LNG projects, however, it ran into delays and cost overruns.

Shell Restarts Production At Huge Prelude Project As LNG Prices Soar

By Irina Slav – Jan 11, 2021, 11:00 AM CST

Shell has restarted production of liquefied natural gas at its Prelude offshore project in Australia after almost a year’s suspension.

“LNG cargoes have resumed from Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility,” Argus reported, citing a company statement. read more

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Shell resumes gas shipments from world’s largest floating structure

“Prelude has been a ‘white elephant’…

Shell resumes gas shipments from world’s largest floating structure

The restart of the huge Prelude facility — which at 488 metres is longer than four football fields — is a welcome boost for Shell as it coincides with a record surge in LNG prices fuelled by a cold snap in Asia. But construction challenges, cost overruns and technical problems with Prelude, as well as challenging market conditions, have prompted Shell and other producers to cancel other FLNG projects. “Prelude has been a ‘white elephant’ — we always felt it was a technology looking for a solution rather than the other way round,” said Neil Beveridge, an analyst at Bernstein. read more

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Shell Australia and unions to commence formal EBA bargaining

Shell Australia and unions to commence formal EBA bargaining

In August, Shell Australia urged its workforce to move to a new fly-in, fly-out, roster which would see FIFO staff work four weeks at a time. The AWU and MUA described it as a “suicide roster” and raised concerns that workers would not see enough of their families. Shell offered a one-off payment of $50,000 to workers who took up the new roster. Prior to this, unions raised concerns that Shell was outsourcing work to India instead of offering Australian workers employment.     read more

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Australia’s LNG exports at nine-month high

Australia’s LNG exports at nine-month high

Published date: 03 December 2020

…the Shell-operated…Prelude floating LNG venture remaining off line. The plant offshore Western Australia is unlikely to restart before next year, and has been off line since February.

Australia’s LNG exports rose to a nine-month high of 7.04mn t in October, driven by record shipments from the Queensland port of Gladstone.

Total LNG shipments increased from 6.22mn t in September when the LNG plants at Gladstone were undertaking significant maintenance. The increase to 7.04mn t, which is just below the record monthly high of 7.22mn t set in January, comes despite the Shell-operated 3.6mn t/yr Prelude floating LNG venture remaining off line. The plant offshore Western Australia is unlikely to restart before next year, and has been off line since February. read more

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XR activists protest Prelude “death machine”

XR activists protest Prelude “death machine”

The $12 billion vessel started up production in July last year, only to be shut in in February as it was plagued with technical problems and has been in lighthouse mode ever since, with frequent clashes between unions, Shell management and contractors like Sodexo about conditions on the vessel. Last week the company posted an impairment post-tax charge of A$924 million…

A GROUP of Extinction Rebellion protestors descended on Shell’s Perth headquarters over the weekend, defacing the entrance and writing chalk on the pavement in protest of Shell’s Prelude FLNG vessel, describing it as a “death machine”.

Police were called to the scene by Shell security, however no arrests or move on notices were made and by Monday morning all evidence of the protest had been removed. read more

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Shell raises dividend as retail boost drives confidence

Shell raises dividend as retail boost drives confidence

Shell also plans to shed up to 9,000 jobs, or more than 10% of its workforce.

By : 29 October 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday raised its dividend after easily beating quarterly profit forecasts and outlined plans to shrink its oil and gas operations as it presses forward with a transition to low-carbon energy.

The Anglo-Dutch company hit record earnings from its vast retail division, despite the impact on demand of the COVID-19 pandemic, which it said continued to generate “significant uncertainty”. read more

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SHELL TAKES GIANT WRITEDOWN ON PRELUDE

Shell takes giant writedown on Prelude: Massive pre-tax writedown on troubled $US12bn Prelude floating LNG plant raises concern over the long-term prospects. 

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Prelude will not resume full production this year, says Shell

Prelude will not resume full production this year, says Shell

Article by Adam Duckett: 21st October 2020

SHELL has said its huge floating LNG production plant – the Prelude FLNG facility – is not expected to resume full production this year, following a troubled start for the pioneering facility.

Production aboard Prelude – which at 488 m long is the largest ship ever built – was halted in February after an electrical trip and it has not resumed. This fault followed, though was not linked to, an order from Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for Shell to revise its safety management system. read more

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Is Shell’s $17 Billion Bet On Floating LNG A Flop?

Is Shell’s $17 Billion Bet On Floating LNG A Flop?

What new ship construction project has cost more than a US Navy Supercarrier and is equally troubled with delays and problems? Shell’s Prelude FLNG.

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Shell’s Australian Prelude LNG will not resume shipping LNG this year

Shell’s Australian Prelude LNG will not resume shipping LNG this year

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L said on Thursday its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off Australia, off line since early February, is working on restarting operations but would not resume full production this year.

The troubled Prelude FLNG platform was shut down following an electrical trip and Shell has faced a number of issues over the past few months in trying to restart full production and now does not expect to ship any LNG before next year. read more

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Prelude FLNG maintenance workers to go on strike

Prelude FLNG maintenance workers to go on strike

Paul Hunt: Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy. 07 October 2020

CONSTRUCTION and maintenance workers at Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG vessel will lay down their tools on Friday in a day of action aimed at pressuring contractor Monadelphous into a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

The Australian Workers Union and Maritime Union of Australia filed for protected action to legally strike across the massive LNG project a fortnight ago.

Protected action gives the workers legal immunity to conduct a strike without facing consequences imposed by the employer. Unions claim Monadelphous is paying Prelude maintenance workers below industry standard pay and conditions.

The unions are seeking a pay rise and better job security, citing a casualisation of the offshore workforce as a major issue. read more

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Shell booked $11 billion in writedowns on its gas business, mostly on its Australian Prelude floating LNG

Shell focused on turning around troubled Australian operations

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Undaunted by hefty writedowns on its Australian gas assets, Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L sees its liquefied natural gas business and “new energy” acquisitions Down Under as core to its long term plans, the Australian unit’s chairman said on Tuesday.

As Europe’s biggest oil company aims for net zero emissions from its operations by 2050 and plans a major restructuring, Shell still sees gas as a crucial part of the puzzle, with around a quarter of its gas assets in Australia. read more

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Shell Resumes Work at Prelude Floating LNG Facility

Shell Resumes Work at Prelude Floating LNG Facility

Zacks Equity Research: September 8, 2020

Royal Dutch Shell plc RDS.A recently confirmed that it resumed activities at Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility offshore Western Australia. The facility remained offline since February due to engineering glitches. This suspension followed an order from Australia’s upstream regulator to perform additional work following three safety incidents that took place at the facility between September and January.

The closure of the Prelude plant depressed Australia’s LNG export volumes, which further took a hit from an extended shutdown of Train 2 at the Chevron Corporation CVX-regulated Gorgon LNG site due to technical snags stemming from fractured heat exchangers. read more

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