Shell Canada sizes up LNG options offshore B.C.

Partnership with CNPC, KOGAS and Mitsubishi Corp. to examine export facility

September 01, 2011

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In July, Shell Canada confirmed it was partnering with China National Petroleum Co., Korea Gas Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. to look at building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the coast of British Columbia. But of the four proposed LNG schemes under consideration for Canada’s West Coast, Shell’s could be a little different.

Although costs, production volumes and timelines haven’t been worked out, industry observers like FirstEnergy Capital are speculating that Shell and its partners are considering building a floating LNG structure off B.C.’s coast.

The Anglo-Dutch super-major knows a thing or two about floating LNG projects. In May, Shell received approval from the Australian government for its Prelude floating LNG project. Scheduled to start production in 2016, the Prelude structure will be located in the Browse basin off the coast of Western Australia.

Annual production will peak at 3.6 million tonnes of LNG, 1.3 million tonnes of condensate and 0.4 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas. The facility, which will be 200 kilometers from the nearest land, will also be big . Measured at 488 meters from stem to stern, its length is comparable to the height of some of the most iconic structures in Canada and around the world.

Tall Order

The Prelude floating LNG facility, once built, stacks up well when compared to some of the tallest buildings in the world

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