Shell Building World's Largest Floating Vessel

May 23, 2011


Shell, a company best known for bending me over at the pump and not giving a shit who sees my exposed ass as they drive by (stop rubbernecking, pervs!), plans to build the world's largest sea vessel, weighing in at over 600,000 metric tons and standing floating almost 500 meters (~1,600ft). That's almost a 1/3 of a mile, and nearly double the distance I've walked in my entire life (I got a Hoveround for my 1st birthday).

Shell is making good on its promise to build the largest object ever to float on water, announcing Friday it would build the Prelude FLNG Project to harvest offshore natural gas fields. The gargantuan ship will suck up the equivalent of 110,000 barrels of oil per day.

Once it is built, the Prelude will be towed to its station about 300 miles northeast of Broome, Australia, and hooked up to the massive Prelude natural gas field, which Shell discovered in 2007. Shell anticipates production to start in 2017. The facility will tap into about 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the company said.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't, I dunno, THE CONTINENTS the largest floating sea vessels?! Haha, what do you mean they're connected? Soooooooooo -- lakes aren't just deep holes?

To Harvest Natural Gas From the Ocean, Shell Is Building the World's Largest Man-MadeFloating Object [popsci]

Thanks to Patrick, who agrees unnatural resources are really where it's at.

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