By Austin Business Journal

Austin-based Emerson Process Management (NYSE: EMR), an Emerson business unit, has signed a contract to provide services for a future Shell Oil Co. floating natural gas facility.

Emerson was hired by the project's overall engineering and design contractor Technip Samsung Consortium, through a global framework agreement with Shell. The floating offshore facility called " Prelude" is essentially a very large boat. It will be located in the ocean near Western Australia and is backed by Shell Worldwide. Plans call for a 1,574-foot-by-240-foot structure weighing about 600,000 tons, according to Shell's website.

Shell said the facility will allow the company to tap resources that would otherwise be uneconomical to retrieve. The floating facility processes the gas on-site, eliminating the need for transportation pipelines to shore.

Emerson was hired to act as the project's main automation contractor, providing strategy, design and engineering for process control and monitoring technologies. Emerson develops technology that helps businesses and governments automate their production, processing and distribution activities.

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