Shell hopes to take a "final investment decision in the next few months" on the company's multibillion-dollar Prelude FLNG project offshore northwestern Australia, Shell Australia Chairman Ann Pickard, told a business event in Perth.
The world's first commercial FLNG venture, Prelude
will be the forerunner for further Shell projects using the technology, Pickard
"We are committed to build probably six of these to start with for places around the world."
, Shell's next proposed FLNG venture is the Woodside Petroleum Ltd.
(WPL.AU)-operated Sunrise venture in the Timor Sea to the north of Australia, Pickard
is also looking at a "potential number three" FLNG project, but didn't provide details.
The gas and oil major is developing FLNG to process "stranded" offshore gas deposits that are too expensive and remote to develop using conventional land-based LNG plants.
Australia has roughly 140 trillion cubic feet of stranded gas, Pickard
"This (FLNG) isn't going to be fit for all of it, but it is going to be fit for a lot of it," she
The company is planning a global recruitment and training regime over the next five years to provide skilled workers for Prelude
"Australians should become the experts around the world in this technology," she