Prelude FLNG is the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas platform as well as the largest offshore facility ever constructed. The Prelude is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries and Technip in South Korea for Royal Dutch Shell. The ship is 488 metres (1,601 ft) long, 74 metres (243 ft) wide, and made with more than 260,000 tonnes of steel. At full load, she will displace more than 600,000 tonnes, more than five times the displacement of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
The world’s largest ‘floating facility’, which is longer than the height of the Empire State Building, has taken to the water for the first time. To give you even more sense of how big this ship is, it’s bow and stern are half a kilometre apart and you could fit four football pitches onto it.
At 243ft wide and 360ft high, it is expected to produce 3.6m tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year, and it’s storage tanks have a capacity equivalent to approximately 175 Olympic swimming pools.
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