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Royal Dutch Shell oil company has commissioned the largest floating structure ever as a refinery vessels for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Floating refinery will have a weight of 600 000 tonnes, about six times more than the largest aircraft carriers, according to BBC.

Royal Dutch Shell oil company has commissioned the largest floating structure ever as a refinery vessels for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Floating refinery will have a weight of 600 000 tonnes, about six times more than the largest aircraft carriers, according to BBC.

The ship will be built in South Korea, the Samsung Geoje shipyard and will become operational in 2016, after almost 20 years of design and construction.Once you have completed, the refinery will operate at the port Broome in Western Australia, which will process gas from the area of ‚Äč‚Äčoperation Prelude.The vessel is designed to operate for 25 years and can withstand the harshest cyclones in the region, according to Shell, and seven will take gas from subsea wells. The annual production will be 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, 1.3 million tons of condensate and 400 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas. Once processed, your carrier will be transferred to other vessels, which will be delivered to customers in Asia.

For starters, the refinery will be permanently anchored in the Prelude gas field, following can be moved depending on the needs of the oil company.Until now, with gas subsea fields requiring very long pipeline, which will lead to a gas processing plant on shore. Along with its new ship, fields that were inaccessible until now will become economically viable.

According to the BBC, global LNG demand was 220 million tons in 2010 and experts expect this to triple by 2030, once the liquefied gas receiving terminals in almost the whole world. LNG receiving capacity was 350 million tons in 2005 and 600 million tons in 2010, and experts are expecting a total capacity of 950 million tonnes worldwide in 2015. Currently in the near future, LNG demand is much greater than supply, which made the oil companies to find alternatives to satisfy it. The total cost of the vessel will be over 30 billion dollars.

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