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New skyscraper-sized gas plant is the biggest thing on the waves

Longer than the Empire State Building is tall and more than six times heavier than the largest aircraft carrier when full, Shell's Prelude FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) facility will become one of the world's largest floating objects when completed (expected to be in 2017). <!-- -->
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</br>The 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide structure is currently being assembled at Samsung's Geoje Island ship yard in South Korea and tentatively took to the water for the first time last week. <!-- -->
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</br>Once building work is complete, the giant structure will be towed to a carefully selected spot roughly 125 miles off the northern Australian coast where it will extract and process gas from deep beneath the ocean surface.

Longer than the Empire State Building is tall and more than six times heavier than the largest aircraft carrier when full, Shell's Prelude FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) facility will become one of the world's largest floating objects when completed (expected to be in 2017).

The 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide structure is currently being assembled at Samsung's Geoje Island ship yard in South Korea and tentatively took to the water for the first time last week.

Once building work is complete, the giant structure will be towed to a carefully selected spot roughly 125 miles off the northern Australian coast where it will extract and process gas from deep beneath the ocean surface.