What does the deck of the world’s largest floating object look like? If it would have been a conventional ship, then you can expect the usual design and layout, but when it’s the world’s first and biggest Floating Liquified Natural Gas Project – Shell Prelude FLNG, you can expect a massive complicated structure which would perplex any normal eyes.
Welcome to the deck of the world’s largest floating vessel which is also the first one-of-its-kind facility that can produce at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum of liquid.
Stephen Mallon, a photographer based in New York, has done a marvellous job of creating an amazing interactive image of the deck of the Shell’s monstrous floating facility by stitching together hundreds of photographs.
The upper decks of Prelude, are presently under construction in a South Korean shipyard on Geoje. Once complete, Prelude FLNG will be the largest floating facility ever built. It will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum to meet growing demand.
From five star living in one of the most remote locations on the planet, to paint that will last 25 years at sea, Prelude – the World’s First Floating Liquified Natural Gas Project will feature some of the best technologies in working and living areas. Checkout more on the state-of-the-art living facility of this huge floating structure inside this video.
FLNG will allow Shell to produce natural gas at sea, turn it into liquefied natural gas and then transfer it directly to the ships that will transport it to customers. It will enable the development of gas resources ranging from clusters of smaller more remote fields to potentially larger fields via multiple facilities where, for a range of reasons, an onshore development is not viable. This can mean faster, cheaper, more flexible development and deployment strategies for resources that were previously uneconomic, or constrained by technical or other risks.
Prelude FLNG is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology and will operate in a remote basin around 475 kilometres north-east of Broome, Western Australia for around 25 years. The facility will remain onsite during all weather events, having been designed to withstand a category 5 cyclone.
Check some mind-blowing facts of Shell Prelude here.
Produced by Jonhuang
Stephen Mallon is a photographer based in New York. His exhibition “Land in Sea” was recently at the Waterfront Museum in Brooklyn.
the prelude by jonhuang on photosynth
Shell’s Prelude is sure to revolutionise the the maritime industry when it starts its operations at its expected time in the year 2017.
References: Nytimes/ Jonhuang via photosynth / Shell