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The Shell Prelude Floating LNG Project - London, UK, and online

Date From: 12 May 2015
Location: England
Description: An evening event organised by IChemE's Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group, with presentation by John MacArthur, VP Gas Technology for Shell.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: Holiday Inn London - Regents Park, Carburton Street, London W1W 5EE
Organiser: SONG
Contact Name: Toby Chancellor-Weale
Contact Email: song@ichememember.org



Shell FLNGTo meet the world’s growing energy demands, bringing new supply sources to market is critical. Globally, Shell sees strong demand for natural gas – the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. Floating LNG (FLNG) will allow Shell to produce, liquefy, store and transfer LNG at sea, opening up new business opportunities for countries looking to develop their gas resources and bring more natural gas to market.

Shell believes that FLNG is an exciting technology that 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. FLNG provides an option for gas resources which are long discovered but couldn’t be unlocked due to economic or technical challenges. FLNG can mean faster, cheaper and more flexible development and deployment strategies.

Shell was the first to go ahead with an FLNG project, Prelude FLNG, making FLNG a reality. Prelude FLNG is now under construction, with most activity taking place in the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Once complete, the facility will be towed to the Browse Basin off the north coast of Western Australia, where it will extract, process, store and transfer LNG, LPG and condensate at sea.

The Prelude FLNG facility will be 488 m long and 74 m wide weighing more than 600,000 tonnes at full capacity making it the largest offshore floating facility ever built. This special SONG presentation will outline the technical aspects focusing on processing and safety as well as the wider challenges of this ground breaking and industry game changing project.


John MacArthurJohn MacArthur (CEng FEI) is Vice President Gas Technology for Shell. He is accountable for stimulating integrated solutions for the next generation of Gas Separation, Gas to Liquids and Liquefied Natural Gas projects. He also leads research and development for Carbon Abatement and two pervasive cross-business technologies: Fluid Flow & Reactor Engineering, and Materials & Corrosion.

John is also accountable for site management, experimental facilities and HSE teams for Shell’s two major technology centres in The Netherlands.

MacArthur holds a MEng Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London. He received the Outstanding Scholar award when studying for his Masters in Sustainability Leadership at University of Cambridge.


SONG members do not have to register for this event. Non-SONG members must register their attendance in advance by email to song@ichememember.org.

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Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) will be served from 17:30 BST for an 18:00 BST start with more networking afterwards.

Members not able to attend in person can join the live presentation via webcast.

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