A prelude to big things to come

They do things big over in the west, with the world’s largest floating structure hitting the water.

They do things big over in the west, with the world’s largest floating structure hitting the water.

At 488 metres, the hull of the Prelude floating gas plant being built in South Korea for oil major Shell, is the largest offshore floating structure by a long shot.

Work is under way in earnest to fit it out so it can be in service by 2017, to tap a gasfield off the north of Western Australia.

The Prelude is about 50 per cent longer than both the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the largest aircraft carrier in the US fleet, the USS Nimitz, which come in at 294 metres and 333 metres respectively.

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