The first shipment of liquefied natural gas has set sail from Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility.

The FLNG facility is located 457km north east of Broome, Western Australia, and will produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3mtpa of condensate and 0.4mtpa of LPG.

The shipment of LNG will be delivered by the Valencia Knutsen to customers in Asia.

Shell’s Integrated Gas and New Energies Director, Maarten Wetselaar, said, “Today’s first shipment of LNG departed from Prelude FLNG safely. Everyone involved should be very proud of the work taken to reach this important milestone.

“Prelude forms an integral part of our global portfolio and plays an important role in meeting the growing demand for more and cleaner energy for our customers around the world.”

Chairman Shell Australia, Zoe Yujnovich, said, “Prelude FLNG combines human endeavour and ingenuity from across the globe and here in Australia.

“We are proud to work with our local communities, suppliers and partners to ensure its safe, reliable operations into the future.”

APPEA Chief Executive, Andrew McConville, congratulated Shell and its joint venture participants on the first LNG cargo from the large-scale project.

“Industry welcomes and applauds the first LNG shipment from Prelude that will be delivered to customers in Asia.

“This historic and world-class FLNG project will deliver jobs, taxation and export revenues for Australia for decades to come.

“Importantly, the LNG produced by Prelude will contribute to the stable supply of low emissions energy and meet growing cleaner energy demand from Asia and the rest of the world.”

“These are important legacy projects that will deliver significant benefits to state and the national economies for many decades.”

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