Shell halts production at Prelude floating LNG facility

I learned a lot of lessons while I was working for Oil & Gas. One was that if you have the choice of doing something onshore or out at sea, you go onshore. It’s cheaper, safer, and operationally much less challenging. Floating receiving terminals are already rather inflexible and expensive but floating liquefaction is a wholly different bag of worms entirely. Those are very complex processes that suddenly find themselves on a moving deck. Liquids that don’t flow through pipes the way they should as gravity changes all the time. Everything is crammed together which is not good from a safety point of view and tanks are limited in size by necessity. But have we learned the lesson? 

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