Western Australian commerce minister Michael Mischin. Image supplied.

Western Australian commerce minister Michael Mischin. Image supplied.

THE FLEDGLING floating LNG (FLNG) sector will be front and centre at the 2015 Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG), with representatives from Shell’s pioneering Prelude development set to speak about their experiences working on the project.

The conference will inform Australian stakeholders of the multi-billion dollar opportunities for local companies of the commercialisation of previously stranded gas fields and the business opportunities for local companies.

Keynote speakers will include Shell Integrated Gas vice president of development Neil Gilmour and Shell Australia’s general manager of production Mark Schubert and technology manager Claus Otto.

Christine Erbe from the Centre for Marine Science & Technology at Curtin University will discuss underwarer noise and vibration from FLNG operations, while Wenhua Zhao will speak about the hydrodynamics of FLNG.

The FLNG stream presentations include: The Global Integrated Gas Landscape and FLNG’s Role in the Future of Energy; Capability and Capacity Building: People and infrastructure development to support the operations and maintenance of Prelude FLNG; Innovation Open House: FLNG and off-shore facilities technology development in WA; and FLNG – Opportunities for Australia.

Western Australia commerce minister Michael Mischin said that the state is already recognised around the world as a leading location for LNG production and the support it provides to its world class LNG industry.

“With our strong LNG history and the amount of expertise and infrastructure located here in support of our world-class projects, it is natural that we would have a strong focus on generating opportunities from the developing FLNG industry,” Mr Mischin said.

“The Western Australian government is proud to be a major sponsor of AOG in 2015 as we see the event as being a tremendous showcase for WA companies, while many international companies also use their participation at AOG as an important stepping stone to establishing a business in Perth.”

The FLNG stream will run through a full day on 12 March and will be chaired by the WA Department of Commerce’s John O’Hare.