You all saw this, right?
Johan Hedstrom, an energy analyst in Australia with Southern Cross Equities, told the BBC: “The FLNG concept is an elegant solution because you don’t need so much fixed infrastructure.
“You don’t need the pipeline or the onshore refinery and when you run out of gas you can just pull up stumps and go to the next field.”
Mr Gilmour said Shell had to overcome a “raft of technical challenges”, ensuring for example that the vast amount of equipment on board would work in choppy seas.
The Prelude field is in the middle of what is known as “cyclone alley”, an area prone to extremely stormy weather.
But Mr Gilmour said the vessel had been built to withstand category-five cyclones and even a “one-in-10,000-years’ storm” producing 300km/h (185mph) gusts and 20m-high (65ft) waves.
The double-hulled vessel is designed to last 50 years.
Just as the Russian can’t excise the peasant from his soul, why is it that I can’t excise the luddite from my soul? Repeat after me: “I will believe nothing could possibly go wrong. I will believe there could never be a cost blowout. I will believe man can do anything.”