News brief: Shell ordered to shut down its Prelude floating LNG facility

by | Dec 26, 2021 | News Brief | 0 comments

Shell has been ordered to shut down its Prelude floating LNG facility by the Australian offshore safety regulator following a fire at the start of December.

Industry news outlets reported the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority ordered Shell to shut the plant on December 24. An incident notification shows there was a fire on the plant on December 1 forcing 150 crew to evacuate and the plant to shut down.

“The failure to restore reliable power was seen to represent an ongoing impact and risk to the health and safety of the personnel on the facility,” according to a direction published by NOPSEMA.

Prelude is about 475 km northeast of Broome, in the Browse Basin, and has an onshore supply base in Darwin with multi-purpose supply vessels providing additional transport and logistical support from East Arm Wharf.

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