Ultramegasuper Ship Will Tap Australian Natural Gas

FLNG Rear Very High 3K_LAvailableForPrint.jpg

Shell's newest fossil-fuel-extracting vehicle will dwarf every American naval ship, if that tells you anything about what's important in today's world.

The Prelude FLNG will be a third of a mile long and weigh 600,000 tons. That's six times heavier than our largest class of aircraft carrier. The ship will be used to extract, cool, and transload natural gas, so that it can be transported to major markets in tankers. In the simplest terms, it's a floating drilling rig and refrigerator moored to the seafloor by four groups of tethers. What's really impressive is how small it is; a similar facility on land would be several times as large, Shell says.


The Prelude has been on the drawing board for a couple of years, but Shell made its final decision to go ahead with the ship this week. It will tap the Prelude gas field, which is located about 125 northwest of the Australian coast.
Presented by

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Technology

Just In