The 488-m (1,600-ft) long vessel will be stationed around 475 km (295 mi) north-north east of Broome in Western Australia.
Shell Australia Chairman Zoe Yujnovich said most of Prelude’s engineering contracts had gone to Australian contractors, including one valued at $200 million to Monadelphous for maintenance and modification services.
She added that Shell had partnered with South Metropolitan TAFE in Western Australia to tailor a training package for the Prelude technicians. “One hundred and fifty technicians have been trained across a broad range of critical skills, including helicopter landing and refuelling skills, rigging, scaffolding and first aid,” she said.
“West Australian-based company CIVMEC, a construction and engineering services provider, constructed the four massive anchor piles forPrelude’s subsea flowlines from their facility in Henderson.”
The Prelude project will employ 260 local workers on board the facility during operations and create more than 1,500 jobs during the hook-up and commissioning phase.
Shell expects to see cash flow from the project during 2018.