June 27, 2016
During a visit to South Korea for the 2016 Offshore Marine and Arctic Engineering Conference, OFFshore ITRH researchers Dr. Wenhua Zhao and Professor Mike Efthymiou were invited to visit Shell’s in-construction Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard.
Prelude FLNG is the largest offshore floating facility ever constructed and, once complete, it will be deployed on the North West Shelf of Western Australia in order to extract and process gas for many years to come. The Shell-funded academics at UWA – Professor David White, Professor Mike Efthymiou, Dr. Wenhua Zhao and Dr. Hugh Wolgamot – have been working closely with Shell since 2013 and continue to contribute to various aspects of the project.
At site, Dr. Wenhua Zhao and Professor Mike Efthymiou delivered a presentation on the technical innovations associated with FLNG, highlighting UWA’s contributions. In addition, they talked about the progress of Prelude and discussed technical issues with the operations team. Such interactions continue to enhance the collaboration between UWA and Shell.