The Hague -- Shell Gas & Power Developments (Shell) has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) and engineering, procurement, and construction of a 3.5 million metric ton (3.8 million ton) per annum floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility.
The ITT was issued to three consortia of engineering and shipyard contractors. Bids are expected around the end of 2008, with an award of contract to the successful group possible during 2009, according to Shell.
"Investing in new LNG technologies is a key part of Shell's efforts in meeting the energy challenge," says Jon Chadwick, Shell's executive VP for gas and power in Asia. "Shell's FLNG solution enables the development of previously uneconomic natural gas resources far from shore and enhances the ability to operate responsibly in environmentally-sensitive areas. The elimination of pipelines and onshore liquefaction facilities means FLNG projects will have a considerably reduced social and environmental footprint."