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Prelude back in action

Shell Australia has confirmed that LNG shipments from the Prelude floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) vessel offshore Western Australia have resumed.

The company reported late last year that it didn’t expect full production to resume at the facility before the end of 2020.

“Prelude is a multi-decade project, and our focus remains on delivering sustained performance over the long-term,” a Shell spokesperson said.

 Shell suspended production at Prelude FLNG in February last year after its reserve power generation failed because of an electrical trip.

The company reported that due to technical issues there was a delay in starting up the back-up diesel generators, which impacted certain amenities on board.

At the time of the incident, the company decided to temporarily reduce the number of people on board.

Workers from Monadelphous were contracted to undertake engineering and construction work to bring the Prelude FLNG back online. 

Monadelphous was awarded a $200 million maintenance service contract at Prelude in 2015. 

In October, Monadelphous’ contract workers at Prelude went on strike amid negotiations for a new enterprise agreement.

The contractor had been working with members of its offshore oil and gas workforce and their representatives since December 2019 to negotiate a new enterprise agreement. The agreement expired in April 2020.

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