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Fibre, wi-fi keep most Shell Prelude staff onshore

By Ry Crozier Apr 24, 2017

Implementing a subsea fibre optic link to underpin automation and remote monitoring aboard Shell Australia’s forthcoming Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform means it will only need to fly people out to the plant “by exception”.

The Prelude project is being closely watched by the LNG sector as a potential model for future gas extraction from increasingly remote offshore fields.

Prelude’s operations will be monitored remotely from Shell Australia’s collaborative work environment (CWE) in Perth, which acts as the company’s main operations centre.

Shell has set up other CWEs worldwide which provide similar remote support for offshore operations.

“It’s incumbent on all of us that we minimise [employees’] offshore exposure,” Bird said.

hell has never confirmed when it expects to begin producing gas using the floating LNG plant. It will reportedly occur sometime this year and begin generating cash in 2018.

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