The Crux project will be developed to provide the primary source of backfill gas supply to the Prelude FLNG facility.
Activities relating to the development of the Crux field and surrounding reservoirs will be located in an area 30 km around the proposed platform. The project area also includes the 165 km pipeline which will connect Crux to the Prelude FLNG facility.
The front end engineering design (FEED) process started as planned in 2019.
Crux JV FID, planned for 2020, has been delayed due to the global economic downturn, including the sharp drop in oil price, declining markets and uncertainties with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The key execution stages of the project are:
- detailed design
- development drilling;
- installation of the platform;
- installation of the export pipeline and underwater systems to the platform facilities;
- commissioning and start-up;
- ongoing maintenance and operations; and
The key activities across the life of the project stages are summarised in the full Offshore Project Proposal Section 5.6, page 76.
Key project aspects
Key aspects of the project which have the potential to interact with the surrounding environment are illustrated left.
For a full list of details describing the key project aspects visit the full Offshore Project Proposal, Section 5.7, page 85.
Assessment of alternatives
Shell scoped a range of alternative options while developing the proposal for Crux as outlined in the full Offshore Project Proposal, Section 5.8, page 94.
This process concluded that the design for Crux presented within the Offshore Project Proposal is the most efficient and safest operating model for accessing the gas resource.