GE Oil & Gas is to supply Technip with two steam turbine-driven compressors for the Shell Prelude FLNG project. The facility, which is to be based offshore Australia, will be the largest floating offshore facility in the world. Technip and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) formed a consortium (TSC) which Shell has tasked to engineer, procure, construct and install the Prelude FLNG facility.
In addition to the supply of the steam turbines and compressors, the scope of GE’s agreement with Technip France includes start up and two years of training, operation and spare parts.
“This is a milestone achievement for GE, marking the first order in the FLNG industry for main refrigerant trains,” said Prady Iyyanki, president and CEO -turbomachinery equipment for GE Oil & Gas.
Shell’s FLNG facility will be moored at the Prelude gas field, about 200 km off Western Australia’s Kimberly Coast. Offshore fields such as Prelude may hold significant quantities of natural gas, but many are at great distances from land or the nearest pipeline. Tapping into these “stranded” gas resources has been nearly impossible until now. The Shell FLNG facility addresses this industry challenge.