Workers evacuated from FLNG as mains power remains offline

Shell Australia has evacuated 150 non-essential workers from the FLNG Prelude (IMO 9648714) as the operator struggled to restore power that knocked out operations following a fire on December 2nd (IMN, December 6th).

The delay in the mains power generators back online had left the workers without ventilation, potable water services and without a sewage treatment system. The evacuation of non-essential staff was assisted by an Inpex Corp.’s helicopter and a rescue vessel. Work to restore mains power continued.

The floating LNG plant suspended production and delayed the loading of a prompt cargo on December 3rd after a fire in a room of electrical equipment. The evacuation indicated that the plant could be shut for longer than originally anticipated, exacerbating a global shortage of natural gas. Shell and its partners were reported to be considering the cancellation of a scheduled LNG cargo loading.

2017-built, Australia-flagged, 499,167 gt Prelude is owned and managed by Shell Australia Pty Ltd. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore Division) on behalf of Inpex Oil & Gas Australia PTY Ltd.