The Shell Prelude FLNG project has signed an agreement with Emerson for the provision of automation maintenance and reliability services to the facility.
Under the agreement, Emerson and local partner Western Process Controls will provide equipment monitoring, diagnostic services, spares support and maintenance for the facility’s control and safety systems, as well as thousands of instruments and valves, the company informed.
“Under the new multi-year support contract, Emerson experts working both onshore and offshore will provide ongoing reliability and maintenance services for an even broader range of equipment,” Emerson explained in a statement.
Shell Prelude FLNG Strikes Deal with Emerson
Two expert engineers from Emerson are expected to work onboard Prelude with other team members to monitor the facility’s automation from Shell’s operations center in Perth, Australia.
The team will be able to consult Shell specialists to detect potential areas of concern, identify corrective measures and deliver any required equipment to the facility.
Emerson has been working on the Prelude project since 2010 as the Main Automation Contractor, responsible for process control and monitoring technologies to help Shell Australia operate the floating LNG facility safely and efficiently.
Prelude FLNG is the world’s largest floating production facility
Prelude FLNG is the world’s largest floating production facility, with the size of six aircraft carriers.
When ready, the facility will process natural gas collected from subsea wells located nearly 300 miles offshore from Broome, in Western Australia.
Expectations Cool Down on FLNG progress
The facility is currently under construction in Geoje, in South Korea, before being moved to Australia to start operations.
Prelude FLNG is expected to remain on station for at least 25 years while Shell and its partners are developing gas reserves in the Browse basin’s Prelude and Concerto fields.
Earlier this year, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden described floating LNG as a key tool for the global gas industry, cooling down high expectations for the world’s largest LNG facility, which is only expected to generate “real material cash” for the supermajor in 2018.
This is mainly because progress on the facility is running up to two years behind schedule, while other players are catching up with cheaper alternatives.