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Shell seizes production at Prelude after electrical fault

Shell has suspended production at the Prelude floating LNG vessel offshore Western Australia after its reserve power generation failed.

The Prelude FLNG facility experienced an electrical trip last Sunday, forcing production to stop, Shell confirmed in a statement.

Production on Prelude has been suspended temporarily and work is under way to restore full operations on the facility.

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

The company said the issues were being resolved, and it had made the proactive decision to temporarily reduce the number of people on board. The situation is not linked to the review of isolation processes at the facility, Shell added

Prelude is a multi-decade project and will require backfill gas to maximise its operating life, the first of which will be Crux.

Last week, Shell received a direction from NOPSEMA, Australia’s offshore energy regulator, regarding certain work activities on Prelude.

As a result, activities related to isolation of plant and equipment have ceased except where required for safety reasons.

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