Singapore's PACC Offshore Services Holdings said that its joint venture, POSH Terasea, has secured a project to provide towage and positioning services for the Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform.
As part of the project, POSH will undertake to tow the Shell Prelude FLNG over 3000mi from the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje, South Korea, where it is being built, to Australia, where it will be deployed.
It will then position the FLNG before it begins production at the Prelude gas field in the Browse basin, 200km off the northwest coast of Australia. POSH will be in charge of the overall towage project management.
President and director of POSH, Terasea Eric Ng said, “Towing and positioning a floating facility that is about four times the size of a football field from Korea to a gas field in Australia will be a massive and complex undertaking.”
For the project, the firm will deploy four large anchor handling and towage (AHT) vessels, Terasea Osprey, Terasea Falcon, Terasea Hawk, Terasea Eagle; and one 16000 BHP anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS), POSH Champion.
The Shell Prelude FLNG facility is 488m long and 74m wide and has a fully loaded displacement capacity of about 600,000 ton. It has around 260,000-tonne of steel in the facility alone, around five times the amount of steel used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, POSH said.
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