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Cape selected for Shell’s prelude floating liquefied natural gas project

South Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has selected Cape to install insulation to the cryogenic pipework on the process topside on Shell’s prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility.

The substructure and topsides of the 488m-long and 74m-wide FLNG are currently under construction at SHI’s shipyard.

The key location for Prelude FLNG facility’s fabrication is planned in Geoje, South Korea.

Upon completion, the facility will be moored 475km north-east of Broome in Western Australia.

The Prelude FLNG facility along with its contents is set to weigh around 600,000t.

Cape chief executive Joe Oatley said: “I am delighted that Cape has been able to secure this contract and that we will be further developing our relationship with Samsung Heavy Industries.

“Prelude will be the world’s largest FLNG facility and we are proud to be involved with such a prestigious project.”

Shell’s FLNG project is expected to help unlock new offshore energy resources.

The final investment decision on the project was taken by the company on 20 May 2011.

The Prelude loading arms are under construction at the FMC manufacturing facility in Sens, France, while the main onshore supply base for the facility has been completed in Darwin, Australia.

Once operational, the facility is expected to produce at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquids, 3.6Mtpa of LNG, 1.3Mtpa of condensate and 400,000tpa of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

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