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Prelude still shutdown but Shell working to restore operations

03 Apr 2020 10:42 AM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

SHELL Australia told Energy News this morning it is still working to restore production at its massive Prelude FLNG project, but is unable to provide a time frame on when it expected the facility to resume at full capacity.

A Shell spokesperson confirmed to Energy News that the facility remained shuttered this morning, but stressed the company but said it was doing what it could to bring produce back 

"Our focus is on the safe and stable restoration of production," the spokesperson said.

"Work continues to restore full operations on Prelude."  

Shell took the decision to shut the vessel down in February, standing down half of its crew. 

 The facility's backup power generation had failed and there were issues with toilet facilities, among others. 

Since it began operations last June, the Prelude has sent 15 cargoes, shipping a record three cargoes in December. At full capacity it can send four a month, but has not hit this milestone yet. 

Energy News understands no customers are currently affected by the lack of LNG supply from Prelude. 

Shell also made the decision to delay any final investment decision on the development of its Crux field some 30km from the Prelude which is slated as backfill for the giant U$15 billion FLNG vessel due to the oil price crash, the spokesperson said.

Source: Energy News Bulletin

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