The Prelude FLNG offshore Australia. Image courtesy of Serge Prakhov/Shutterstock.com.
The Prelude FLNG offshore Australia. Image courtesy of Serge Prakhov/Shutterstock.com.

Flowserve Corp has entered into a five-year contract with Shell Australia to provide general maintenance services for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility, which is producing natural gas from an offshore field in Western Australia.

Flowserve will support Prelude from its recently refurbished Quick Response Center (QRC) in Darwin. Since opening in 2003, the Darwin QRC in Yarrawonga has primarily serviced flow control valves and seals. As part of this 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 maximize the uptime and productivity of the Prelude facility with highly responsive maintenance and repair services.”

The contract will create new positions in Flowserve’s Darwin QRC.

Sanjay Chowbey, president of Flowserve’s Aftermarket Services & Solutions division, said: “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.”

The Shell-operated Prelude FLNG facility is an offshore development, producing natural gas from a remote field approximately 475 km north-northeast of the coastal town of Broome in Western Australia.