“Today the wells have been opened at the Prelude FLNG
facility and the initial phase of production has commenced,” INPEX, who is
involved in developing the project in Block WA44-L in partnership with Shell
and other project companies, said in a statement.
The Prelude FLNG facility will separate and liquefy the gas
produced from the well to produce LNG, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and
condensate. These products will then be directly loaded from the FLNG facility
onto tankers and shipped in sequence.
Prelude FLNG was built at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy
Industries’ Geoje shipyard. The 488-meter-long facility arrived in Australia in
September 2017, after a journey of nearly 6,000 kilometers.
The giant gas production facility received its first gas on
board in June this year when Gallina, an LNG carrier from Singapore, imported
gas to Prelude FLNG.
It was the first time a vessel had berthed side by side with
Prelude and tested its offloading arms.