No job too big
The saying goes that no job is too big, and that’s certainly the case for our Marine and Protective Coatings business and its Intersleek 900 fluoropolymer foul release coating. The product was specified for the construction of the Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility which, once complete, will be the world’s largest floating structure.
Approximately 40,000 liters of Intersleek 900 was used on the 488-meter long underwater hull of the Prelude, representing the product’s biggest ever single application. Intersleek 900 was specifically designed for use in slow moving or static conditions, with its ultra-low drag making it the most effective foul release coating on the market.
With its exceptionally smooth, slippery, low friction surface, Intersleek 900 stops organisms from attaching themselves to vessels, saving operators time and money at sea by cutting fuel costs and improving operational efficiency. It also prevents transfer of invasive species from one environment to another.
A report produced by one of the shipping industry’s leading research bodies, Professor James Corbett’s Energy and Environmental Research Associates, recently proved that Intersleek 900 can reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions by an average of 9 percent.
Weighing in at 600,000 tons, the Prelude will operate in a remote basin around 475 kilometers north-east of Broome, Western Australia, for around 25 years. It will allow Shell to produce natural gas at sea, turn it into liquefied natural gas and transfer it directly to the ships that will transport it to customers.