Largest floating gas facility: world record set by Shell (VIDEO)
BROOME, Australia -- Prelude is a 488-metre long, 600,000 tonne vessel owned by Shell which can extract, process and store gas at sea; located 475 kilometres north of Broome, in the Browse basin, it sets the new world record for the Largest floating gas facility, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Prelude is a 488-metre long, 600,000 tonne vessel owned by Shell which can extract, process and store gas at sea. The world's biggest floating gas facility - nearly twice the size of the Titanic will be located 475 kilometres north of Broome, in the Browse basin. Photo: Shell (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the Largest amphibious ship, set by the US Navy's Wasp class vessels which have a full load displacement of 36,500 tonnes (80.5 million lb) and a length of 257 m (844 ft).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Largest hospital ship, set by the United States Navy Ship (USNS) Mercy and her sister ship USNS Comfort; each have a total patient capacity of 1,000, with 80 intensive care beds and 12 operating rooms; they are 272.5 m (894 ft) long, 32.2 m (105 ft 8 in) across, and have a full load displacement of 62,922 tonnes.
The multi-billion dollar offshore project is expected to employ around 350 people, mainly from Western Australia.
The South Korean-built vessel would be the biggest experiment in floating LNG in the world.
The Prelude is the first floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) facility commissioned by Royal Dutch Shell, and it means the company will not have to pipe gas onshore for processing.
All extraction, refining, production and offloading of the LNG will be undertaken on the vessel, which will be moored over the Browse Basin, 475 kilometres off the coast of Broome.
It will produce 3.6 million tonnes per year of LNG and 1.3 m/t of condensate, a hydrocarbon liquid that is present within the gas.
The vessel will be fully operational in 2018. t will be operated by Shell and its joint venture partners INPEX (17.5 per cent) KOGAS (10 per cent) and OPIC (5 per cent).