Work to build giant Prelude risers starts in UK, according to industry engineering and fabrication specialists, GE Oil & Gas.
GE have said that the four high pressure risers have been designed to remain connected and withstand all weathers, even a 1-in-10,000-year cyclonic event.
“Despite the industry downturn continuing to affect the LNG market, long-term we believe FLNG has the potential to evolve into a promising segment, particularly in the Asia Pacific region,” said GE Commercial Director, Andrew Atkinson.
Giant Prelude Riser Build Starts
GE Oil & Gas have been working on the Shell Prelude project since 2011, a project that once complete will see the world’s largest offshore floating facility produce and process LNG, 155 miles (250km) offshore Western Australia.
The two companies have collaborated on the project’s subsea flexibles scope, to ensure that the raw materials and proposed end-product are qualified, in accordance with the project’s stringent quality and technical requirements.
GE will complete manufacture of the flexible risers at its facility in Newcastle, UK, where it has invested more than $21m (£15m) to expand its production carousel capacity, enhancing manufacturing capabilities and equipping the site with the ability to accommodate larger diameter risers, which can be produced and delivered in optimum single lengths.
The new carousel bays were officially opened in April 2014.
Talking about the project, Atkinson was quick to point out the opportunities available to the oil and gas industry in the Asia Pacific region, where he said there, “are areas of high energy demand and the presence of large-scale offshore gas fields.”
“Notwithstanding that, investment in HP/HT technologies should be viewed as critical for both operators and the supply chain looking at exploiting ever-more challenging environments.”
“I am proud of the skills and expertise of our team, who have demonstrated the commitment we make to our customers to develop industry-leading, future-oriented technology solutions to meet their needs,” he concluded.