The biggest ship ever, but not MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER
The largest floating structure ever built, nowadays we used it only be part of the definitions of the first series Triple E vessels, Maersk, namely MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER, which successfully completed its maiden voyage from South Korea to Western Europe.
According to the plan, however, the project for the first offshore installation type FLNG (Floating liquefied natural gas), the oil giant Shell Oil, exceed repeatedly in length and features a powerful container Maersk.
Floating facility for liquefied natural gas (FLNG), itself constitutes an revolutionary technology that will provide access to Shell's offshore gas fields, the development of which would be too expensive or difficult. The first such project in the world, will allow digging to extract and process liquefied natural gas directly into the sea, turning it into LNG and transferring it directly to the ships to be trnsportiran to the end customer. New FLNG project for the largest ship in the world, Shell will provide new opportunities for countries trying to develop their gas resources and contribute to increased kolichestovo of natural gas available in the market.
Here is the progress of the project in numbers:
600 engineers working on the ship's project
300 miles away from the location of the Prelude FLNG to Broome, Western Australia
4 football fields, from one end to the other end of the deck of the ship
175 Olympic-size swimming pools may have the same capacity of the liquid in the tanks of the facility
6700 horsepower provided by the engines of the largest ship in the world
50 million liters of cold water will be pumped from the ocean every hour for the cooling system of gas
Total 6 of the largest aircraft able to displace the same quantity of water, the equipment
93 meters is the height of the tower, which runs through the FLNG project secured to the seabed by mooring lines
At -162 ° C (-260 ° F) is the temperature at which natural gas is converted to LNG
1/600 is the factor by which a volume of gas is decreased, when it became a fluid
117% of the annual consumption of a city like Hong Kong can be met by annual production of FLNG facility for liquefied natural gas
20-25 years is the time of the Prelude FLNG facility will stay in place, to develop gas fields
The Vice President of Shell, Rob Kreterts said: "This is a key moment in the history of the Prelude. Innovative thinking and cutting edge technology and hard work of the team from Shell and our partners who have helped us reach this significant point in the construction are basis for future giant. Prelude In size is unprecedented facility and look forward to seeing this huge structure to be completed. "
By Shell took the final investment decision on the Prelude FLNG project on May 20, 2011. Thus began the construction of the floating production facility and export of liquefied natural gas off the coast of Australia. Shell is preparing to undertake a program to drill seven wells, through program development Prelude.
From the cutting of the first steel frame, shipyards, Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea, in October 2012 to now work on the structure according to topside part is in full swing, not much time has passed, but the work is in full swing.
The company welcomed three joint venture partner - INPEX (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and Taiwan's CPC (5%).
After surgical preparation and completion, Prelude FLNG will produce at least 5.3 million tons per year of liquids: 3.6 of these LNG and 1.3 - condensate (equivalent to 35,000 barrels / d). and 0.4 million tons LPG. With a length of 488 meters and a width of 74 meters, the ship will displace about 600,000 tons of water.
The project will create about 350,650 direct and indirect jobs. Recruitment of personnel to operate the facility will be started the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014.