Swedish engineering group Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has supplied a selection of bearing solutions for Shell’s Prelude FLNG, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas project, located in Australia’s Browse Basin.
Trelleborg manufactured and delivered 52 vertical elastomeric bearings and 156 horizontal bearings for use on the 13 modules onboard the facility, as well as 40 turret bogey bearings to enable natural movements of the turret.
Trelleborg’s elastomeric bearings are steel-plate laminated and installed between the hull of the facility and its modules. They accommodate axial, shear and rotational movement to keep the modules safe from impact, damage and deformation. Similarly, they prevent the concentration of excessive strains and stresses around the mounting points of the modules and the hull caused by adverse sea and weather conditions.