Shell (SHEL) Resumes LNG Loading From Prelude Facility
01.09.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

January 9, 2024 [Yahoo Finance]- Shell plc SHEL confirmed the recommencement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo loading from its offshore Prelude facility in Australia. The colossal floating LNG production facility, located approximately 475 kilometers (300 miles) off Australia’s western coast, recently completed a substantial maintenance period initiated in August, addressing a series of operational challenges.


Maintenance Overview

The comprehensive facility overhaul, initiated in August, aimed to tackle operational issues that had temporarily halted LNG shipments. A spokesperson from SHEL informed Reuters about the successful completion of the maintenance, leading to the resumption of LNG shipments from the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (“FLNG”) facility.


Operational Challenges and solutions

While specific details of the operational challenges were not disclosed, the maintenance period was crucial in addressing these issues effectively. SHEL’s commitment to ensuring the integrity and efficiency of the Prelude facility highlights its dedication to providing a reliable source of LNG.


Analyst insights

Alex Froley, an LNG analyst at data intelligence firm ICIS, provided valuable insights into the development. He stated, “The LNG tanker Orion Bohemia has been loaded at Prelude and is now heading away north.” This significant development indicates the operational readiness of the facility.

Froley further highlighted that the most recent loading from Prelude occurred for the LNG vessel Methane Becki Anne on Aug 19, emphasizing the successful resumption of operations after the maintenance period.


Industry Implications

The restart of LNG loading from SHEL’s Prelude facility carries substantial implications for the LNG industry. As one of the largest floating LNG production facilities globally, Prelude plays an essential role in meeting global LNG demands.


Supply-Chain Impact

The resumption of operations at Prelude signifies a positive impact on the LNG supply chain. With LNG shipments set to resume, the industry can anticipate stabilized supply levels, contributing to global energy security.


Market Response

The news of SHEL’s successful maintenance and the subsequent restart of LNG loading have resonated in the energy market. Analysts expect a positive market response, with potential effects on LNG prices and market dynamics.


Future Outlook

Looking ahead, the successful restart of LNG loading at the Prelude facility positions SHEL as a key player in the LNG market. The company’s commitment to overcoming operational challenges and ensuring a robust maintenance strategy underscores its dedication to providing a consistent and reliable source of LNG.


Continued Monitoring

Industry stakeholders and market participants will closely monitor further developments at the Prelude facility. The successful resumption of operations sets the stage for continued success and reinforces SHEL’s position as a leading player in the LNG sector.



SHEL’s announcement regarding the restart of LNG loading from the Prelude facility marks a milestone in the energy industry. The meticulous maintenance undertaken by the company reflects its commitment to operational excellence. As the LNG market continues to grow, SHEL’s Prelude facility stands as a beacon of reliability, ready to meet global LNG demands.


Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Currently, SHEL carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Investors interested in the energy sector might look at some better-ranked stocks like The Williams Companies WMB and Murphy USA Inc. MUSA, each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and Archrock, Inc. AROC, carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Williams Companies is valued at $42.37 billion. The company currently pays a dividend of $1.79 per share, or 5.14%, on an annual basis.

WMB, the U.S.-based energy infrastructure company, operates through Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, Northeast G&P, West and Gas & NGL Marketing Services segments.

MUSA is worth $7.59 billion. In the past year, its shares have risen 27.6%.

MUSA is involved in the marketing of retail motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It operates retail gasoline stores, principally in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest United States.

Archrock is valued at $2.40 billion. AROC currently pays a dividend of 62 cents per share, or 4.03%, on an annual basis.

AROC is a U.S.-based energy infrastructure company that designs, sources, owns, installs, operates and maintains natural gas compression equipment for the oil and natural gas industry.


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