MELBOURNE, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Shell Plc said on
Monday it is deferring planned maintenance work at the Prelude
floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility that was due to
go ahead in September because of industrial action at the site
off northwest Australia.
"As a result of the ongoing Protected Industrial Action and
inability to complete preparation work, we are not able to
proceed with the planned turnaround at this time," a Shell
spokesperson said in emailed comments.
She said the extensive maintenance work, called a
turnaround, would be put off to next year, with the timing to
depend on a range of factors including weather conditions,
contractor availability and when the industrial action ends.
Shell shut the 3.6-million-tonne-a-year Prelude facility in
July and told customers it would be unable to supply LNG cargoes
for the duration of protected industrial action - work stoppages
approved by Australia's Fair Work Commission - over a
long-running pay dispute.
The Offshore Alliance most recently extended its work
stoppages to Aug. 11, fighting to match an April wage deal
reached with Inpex Corp at its Ichthys LNG operation.
Shell asked the Fair Work Commission to stop the industrial
action and impose a "cooling off period", which would have
allowed it to go ahead with preparations for a turnaround, but
the commission rejected the request.
The Offshore Alliance said on Monday it remained willing to
enter mediation with Shell. A spokesperson for the Fair Work
Commission was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Christopher Cushing and