A FLiNG Ain't What It Used To Be

Tyler Durden's picture

There was a time when flings (insert personal contextual experience) used to be simple, impromptu, largely trivial things seeking instant gratification. That was until Shell's Floating Liquid Natural Gas facility, or FLiNG, came along: currently being built in the South Korean shipyards (largely unoccupied in the past several years after a surge in dry bulk container ship construction left the industry with a massive inventory glut and little demand for its precision engineering), this behemoth of a ship, measuring nearly half a kilometer in length, and displacing 600,000 tonnes of water, will be the world's largest offshore floating facility when deployed 200 km off the north-west coast of Australia in 2017 to process the recently discovered Prelude and Concerto gas fields. It will also likely revolutionize the field of Liquified Natural Gas extraction.

Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels, in relative abundance, extremely versatile and energy rich, and in a world in which reliance on foreign crude, much of in inhospitable hands, will likely play an ever greater role in energy production. It is also very "green", as it consumes less fresh water and takes up less land per unit of energy delivered. Yet one of the historical drawbacks is that traditional transportation options are limited, and extraction facilities are very bulky and complex, highly engineered and not geared toward deep sea exploration where environmental and extraction costs are prohibitive, requiring subsea pipelines traveling hundreds of kilometers to a mainland LNG facility, thus curbing one of the largest potential sources of natural gas in the world: those located underwater. All this may change with the arrival of Floating Liquid Natural Gas facilities, such as Shell's 488 meter FLNG.

The FLiNG in context:

Developed after 10 years of research, using 600 engineers, and 1.6 million man-hours (182.5 years equivalent), Shell has manged to compact the size of a traditional LNG plant to a quarter of its land size. As Wired explains: "by stacking components vertically and using deep-sea water to cool the gas to its liquid state, the FLNG saves dramatically on deck space and enables the whole facility to occupy an area of roughly 4 football pitches: 28,500 square meters. One of its most innovative features involves the the plant's unique location: an assembly of eight one-meter diameter pipes will extend 150m below the ocean's surface, delivering around 50 million liters of cold seawater an hour, used to cool the gas."

Another cool feature: the "anchoring" mechanism. "The FLNG is set to remain on location for 25 years before returning to dock, in which time it can expect to meet its fair share of stormy weather. Although its sheer size will help in coping with the high winds and giant waves, one of the largest mooring systems in the world has been designed to help guarantee safety. A 105-meter turret will run through the facility and secure it to the seabed using mooring chains, while three 6,700 horsepower engines will turn it according to wind conditions."

Good: because if the tiny by comparison BP Deepwater Horizon rig caused such catastrophic environmental havoc after one mishap, the last thing nature will need is half kilometer large flaming barges, floating out of control in the deep seas.

The bottom line: one FLiNG can produce 5.3 million tonnes of LNG, Liquified Petroleum Gas and condensate per year. Once operational, it, and its peers, will have a decided impact on the logistics, infrastructure and geopolitical balance of power in a world in which energy (and food) will continue to play the most dominant marginal role.

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balolalo's picture

Perfect.  Exaclty what the oceans need, more heat.  And what the air needs, more greenhouse gases.  All to prmote a suicidal paradigm.   It's like hitting the gas when approaching the cliff....   

By evolutionary standrds, this would be called maladaptive evolution.

There wll be a price to pay for this.

UP Forester's picture

Wow, you really got me thinking with that one.

Good thing undersea volcanoes are a myth....

NidStyles's picture

That you should just end your life willingly rather than telling us to end ours.

Flakmeister's picture

Do you always deliberately misrepresent people?

I admit that on occasion I am guilty of telling asshats to go fuck themselves here at ZH, but as a rule I don't tell them to go kill themselves...

In fact unless you can link a post that backs your claim, it would  be best if you simply STFU or better yet go off and join the Ron Paul pity-party circle jerk... That is more your style, really...

NidStyles's picture

I've read your posts long enough to know what sort of person you are.

Flakmeister's picture

Just like you "know" about global warming..

Yeah, sure, anything you say....

Spitzer's picture

Its almost 2013

Global warming was a hoax.

Get over it

stant's picture

global warming was a distraction while they were causing global poverty

GetZeeGold's picture



Al Gore has a fever.

Urban Redneck's picture

Krugman is envious (on multiple levels)...

Bicycle Repairman's picture

balolalo, no worries, I've got a snorkel.   Oh and then theres this: go fuck yourself.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

well this proves the end of oil is near...LOL as nat gas gets cheaper and cheaper..as more and more is produced and we do not have to guess if this data is right for some one is spending $$$$ to build this ship..

to the end of oil types you just got blown outta the water by the methane whale which is the source of our oil not dead organic matter...cheap energy just got cheaper ...there are so many on zh who screamed and fell silent ..

Matt's picture

Since when is natural gas getting cheaper and cheaper? Remember, these guys are working on the global scale, not the local market of the United States. The price spread between markets is getting wider and wider.

Does this thing only do extraction, or can you hook it up to existing pipeline and have it harvest cheap American nat gas and transport it to Japan? 

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"Since when is natural gas getting cheaper and cheaper?"

Since the last 5 years.

"The price spread between markets is getting wider and wider. [...] can you hook it up to existing pipeline and have it harvest cheap American nat gas and transport it to Japan?"

There is no pipeline to Japan.  That's the beauty of Nat Gas.  It can't be transported economically except by pipeline.  North American gas stays in North America.  And shithead "traders" and their enforcers get cut out of the action.  Fuck the global "price spread".  It can't be arbitraged by shithead traders.

And in conclusion, fuck energy "traders".

Boxed Merlot's picture

It certainly answers the perennial problem of nimby attitudes current facilities face, especially when they are of neccesity required to be placed near coastal and well populated areas.  I do hope it's powered by its own nuclear reactor. 

Catch-22's picture

Done with offshoring jobs... Now its facilities...

css1971's picture

Move entire factories to the highest bidder.

GMadScientist's picture

If you had angry Nigerian rebels blowing your shit up daily, you'd probably move production offshore too.



Money Squid's picture

"Done with offshoring jobs... Now its facilities..."

If I understand this article correclty the boat is offshore. So, these jobs will be offshore. The workers can now be from any country, no passport, no papers.....right? The ship can be registered anywhere. Will there be a point of entry with TSA agents jamming their fist up your ass to see if you are hiding anything? Giant offshore facilities will be there own little countries.

NidStyles's picture

It was bound to happen eventually.

Catch-22's picture

...did it really need to be that big... Or is it one of those dick thing?

Spitzer's picture

I guess $1.50 nat gas didn't matter...

Terminus C's picture

maybe they know something...

Matt's picture

Maybe they know that if natural gas is $2 in one place, and $17 in another place straight across a body of water, then an opportuniy exists to profit.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Finally something I can partisipate in. yes it is huge but do you know that under the blue sea is so much gas that we (Australia) is giving it away at pennies on the pound. for example Japan has long range contract for supply that make it appear that we are giving it away. yes we are. the amount of gas available is beyond comprehention. however Woodside( Who I am an original stockholder @ $2 at float) knows that to develop the third train is very expensive. beware this thing is so massive it makes fracking for methane appear as it is, a road to broken dreams. beware this gas thing is in a bubble that makes the housing bubble look like a walk in the park. a lot of frakers will go broke very quickly when faced with the cheaper and 30 year developed NW Shelf. Those who came first and develop to this degree will be in front. How do I know. Well it has been my worst investment ever

Mentaliusanything's picture

Up Forester, 

 go fuck yourself ..If you capable of the reach around

I stand as a person who warns you of yet another bubble and you direct me to a dictionary of English... wtf

go and stick your very short dick up the first available hole you can find.Ive been here since God found reality.

P.s use lots of lub because your as tight as a fishes ass and remember to relax as you stick our pre pubesant dick up what ever you find makes  you think your a man child. Tyler the trolls are out of control. I read a reply from someone today about a women with a 100 inch ass which sickened me. you have my complete sanction to pull out your not conciderable fire power and dispatch the haters 

Dapper Dan's picture

Smashing good reply Mental,  green arrow up for you!

For the record I hate hate.


"The only way to fight hate is with even more hate" - Eric Cartman (South Park)


Pool Shark's picture





 [P.S. I can't stand intolerant people...]

AssFire's picture

RE: The 100" ass comment.

If you are a woman with a 100" ass you are unemployable.

If you are of her race there is only a 25% chance you have a spouse... then there is only a 25% chance he has an non-government job that requires work doing something that actually creates wealth (in the Austrian sense of the word).

Too many white apologists want to kill the messenger about the 800 lb elephant (literally) that is that spewing out more takers which she is physically, or economically incapable of providing for.

The above progressives demand taking from people who have done everything right in life- (those who studied, saved, and played by the rules) so that they can feel better about the artificial guilt created by years of indoctrination from the progressives.

To ignore this class of people and the illegal immigrant problem is to ensure the destruction of this country.

They don't want the destruction these groups create mentioned anywhere: from a description of suspects in crimes in the media to here on a blog...They can't handle the truth and want it suppressed, even though we clearly see the elephant.

Karlus's picture

"I read a reply from someone today about a women with a 100 inch ass which sickened me. "

Hit a little too close to home, eh?

This is the Fight Club, man up and rub a little dirt on your butthurt, or hush up and know your role.

literarybeer's picture

what is this shit i hear at zh from time to time about this being Fight Club? dillusions of granduer come to mind when hearing that. this is a silly website where people can come act pissed about politics, central banks, fiat or whatever is the flavor of the day. this will change nothing so calm down.

AssFire's picture

To discuss it and prepare for it is what we are doing. You, like the other apologists, stick your head in the sand and we will be the catalyst that brings about the demise of the sick reward system that our goobermint has imposed upon us.

Your 16 weeks here is a short time to categorize this website as silly- it is one of the few places where people can slug it out without moderation. It is precisely why progressives lose every fight here: the truth can be stated, not moderated to fit the nanny state lies.

Karlus's picture

Im going to take a wild leap here that you dont know the meaning of the website creator's psuedonym. Nor the porpose of his forum.

Let me also enlighten you with a story about some fat old white rich guys that got sick and tired of takers in England and George robbing what they built. As a Texas school properly labled the original Boston Tea Party participants terrorists, I will even agree to call the founding fathers criminals from the perspective of England. They certainly didn't need to start what could be called their own "Fight Club" and would have been treated as criminals if they lost. They put everything on the line for their principles. They did indeed built this.

What the "Progressives" seem to feel is an outdated and racially biased document, literally set in motion the culture that the rest of the world seeks to emulate.

Your smug superiority believes war cannot happen here as we are too advanced for it. Your "everyone gets a trophy" mindset does not teach the values that made this country great. Your normalcy bias forces you to think that things will not go wrong and we will be alright.

Much like George poked the bear over and over again, once you wake the sleeping giant that are those with true American values you and your hundred inch ass useless eater brethern will pay a terrible price.

We are coming, expect us. Or don't.

Urban Redneck's picture

yet lacking the sEcret decoder ring
to knock the secret Societies they emUlate
by Some failure of smUg superiority to Comprehend something
right before you eyeS


Vlad Tepid's picture

Up Forester has a point in that people who use grammar and diction like you do are usually either idiots or 7th graders...neither one of whom are very good at breaking down complex ideas.  

Your anal fixation leads me to believe you're a member of the latter.

FeralSerf's picture

It's a form of artistic license.  Americans, especially those from the Appalachians and Texas, do it too.

Buggering is an ancient English tradition, practiced especially on long sea voyages and amongst the ecclesiastical crowd.

A Middle Child of History's picture

Or the FLiNG is the beast on the gobble and all that matters is we are going to be in it's belly. Come on Woggie, post your shit link to youtube.

shovelhead's picture

Don't encourage the intellectually limited.

I do hope they have somebody watching that won't let him wander into traffic.

Mentaliusanything's picture

oh and up forester I live as an  X USA person ( Thank you Dad) in a Place voted the #2 place in the World to have a child. also ranked # 5 for the best education. Also ranked # 3 as the happiest place on Earth. What I earn is a secret but I paid a 6 figure sum in tax.That is great because if I get sick I dont have to pay a thing to get the # 4 health system in th World. now you have something to do...... go Fuck yourself you hillbilly wanker. ( apoligize to the good old boys you know what end of a gun gets you grits and a grin.......... we are still free down under..... no fell ups at an airport no drones and as Im especially thankfull no YOU.

Dapper Dan's picture

Speaking of drones,

Thousands of people killed by drones? Don’t know if I wanna go out today…

October 23, 2012

Here’s a little globule of info that I discovered today and thought I should share with the blogosphere:

Between June 2004 and September this year, according to research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, drone strikes killed between 2,562 and 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom between 474 and 881 were civilians, including 176 children. (Guardian, 23 Oct 2012).

So many civilians… so many children… and this is supposed to be targeted strikes of known insurgents? We need to stop the use of drones, now. The operators back in America obviously have a problem remembering that they’re killing real people, that it isn’t a video game. Yet the RAF are planning to acquire more drones. Insanity.

The drones have a 25% fail rate on killing the intended targets, well, actually it's not the "drone" but the operator.

Collateral truth my friend.


Dr. Sandi's picture

The operator probably doesn't care. They're only pixels he's blowing away. Just like a video game.

Samsonov's picture

Drones are the future, bub.  Get used to it.  The answer to your moral squeamishness in fighting terrorists is not to get rid of the drones, but to make them better.

Oh, and by the way, I wouldn't put too much stock on what The Guardian says.  They have a well-established record of propoganda supporting all manner of anti-British and anti-western attitudes.

Shell Game's picture

Fuck you and your hobgoblin fetish. 

BurningFuld's picture

Wait until they are circling over your town dude, oh and someone has decided he is god and doesn't like you.

Samsonov's picture

That's a people problem, not a technology problem.  Follow your logic ad absurdum, or even not to absurdum, and there'd be no Air Force.