Shell shipped first cargo of LNG from the world’s biggest LNG floating plant, Prelude, off northwest Australia on Monday, the company announced on Tuesday.
The shipment will be delivered by the Valencia Knutsen to customers in Asia.
"Today’s first shipment of LNG departed from Prelude FLNG, safely. Everyone involved should be very proud of the work taken to reach this important milestone," Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director said.
Wetselaar said that Prelude forms an integral part of Shell's global portfolio and plays an important role in meeting the growing demand for more and cleaner energy for customers around the world.
Zoe Yujnovich, Shell Australia's Chairman said that Prelude combines human endeavour and ingenuity from across the globe and in Australia.
"We are proud to work with our local communities, suppliers and partners to ensure its safe, reliable operations into the future," Yujnovich noted.
The Shell-operated Prelude FLNG facility is an offshore development that will produce natural gas from a remote field approximately 475 km north-north east of Broome in Western Australia.
The Prelude FLNG facility will produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.
The facility is operated by Shell in joint venture with INPEX (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%).
By Murat Temizer