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Shell halts production on floating gas platform Prelude amid worsening industrial dispute



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Shell has suspended manufacturing and is transferring most of its workforce off its floating gasoline platform, Prelude, amid ongoing industrial motion.

It’s the newest chapter in negotiations between Shell and Offshore Alliance, the union representing members on board the gasoline facility.

Tensions flared last month when contractors set to fly out to the rig had been instructed to face down and shipments from the ability slowed.

The dispute flared up once more after a brand new enterprise bargaining settlement proposed by Shell in a bid to interrupt the impasse was voted down by 95 per cent of union members final week.

The LNG facility, 470 kilometres off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast, was introduced on-line in 2019 however has been plagued by technical problems.

It was shut down temporarily after a hearth final yr.

Settlement ‘substandard’, union says

The disagreement over wages has seen union members ban the efficiency of sure duties onboard, together with a stoppage on unloading cargo onto ships for supply at sure occasions.

A Shell spokesperson stated manufacturing on the facility had been suspended as a result of “work bans at present in power beneath Protected Industrial Motion … that prohibit offtake actions”.

“Till the bans on the offtake of cargoes are lifted and the plant could be safely restarted, workers required to carry out safety-critical capabilities will stay on board whereas all different employees will likely be demobilised,” the spokesperson stated.

A gigantic floating gas platform, which looks like a bulk carrier, on a calm-looking sea.
A whole bunch of individuals work on Prelude.(Provided)

In keeping with publicly out there paperwork, about 250 individuals usually working aboard the ability.

That quantity swells to 300 when heavy upkeep is required.