Flow control services provider Flowserve has entered into a five-year contract with Shell Australia for the provision of general maintenance services for Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, located offshore Western Australia.
Flowserve will support Prelude form its Quick Response Centre (QRC) in Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. Since opening in 2003, the Darwin QRC has mainly serviced flow control valves and seals.
Under the new agreement, Flowserve will expand its capabilities to include maintenance and repair services for centrifugal pumps, positive displacement pumps, heat exchangers, fans and blowers, hydraulic power units, and other related equipment.
“Flowserve values the successful projects and relationships we have developed with Shell through the years,” said Scott Rowe, president and CEO of Flowserve. “We look forward to helping maximise the uptime and productivity of the Prelude facility with highly responsive maintenance and repair services.”
The new contract will also create new job opportunities in the Darwin QRC. Sanjay Chowbey, president of Flowserve’s aftermarket services and solutions division, added: “This agreement with Shell Australia will enable us to increase our employment of local and indigenous people, including skills training that can lead to opportunities for permanent employment.”
Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility is expected to produce 3.6 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petroleum gas. It is operated by Shell in a joint venture with Inpex, Korea Gas, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
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