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Ichthys CPF en route to Western Australia

Written by  Monday, 01 May 2017 20:59
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Inpex announced that the Ichthys Explorer, the Inpex-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG)  project’s central processing facility (CPF), sailed away from its construction site in Geoje, South Korea, en route to the Ichthys field offshore Western Australia.

The Ichthys Explorer will be towed to the Ichthys field over a period of approximately one and a half months, after which it is scheduled to undergo hook-up.

The facility will then separate and process the produce lifted from subsea production wells into gasses and liquids over 40 years of continuous operation.

The Ichthys Venturer, the project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, is also scheduled to be towed to the Ichthys field and undergo hook-up.

Inpex and its partners will also continue to proceed with construction work on the onshore natural gas liquefaction plant outside of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Following the arrival of the CPF and the FPSO, installation and commissioning work will be undertaken and production from the wellhead will commence.

Thereafter, the Ichthys LNG project will, during the current fiscal year begin production of condensate, LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in sequence and then ship these products.

The Ichthys LNG is led by Inpex (62.245%) alongside major partner TOTAL (30%) and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corp (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), Osaka Gas (1.2%), Kansai Electric (1.2%), JERA (0.735%) and Toho Gas (0.42%)

The project involves liquefying natural gas lifted from the Ichthys gas-condensate field offshore Western Australia at an onshore gas liquefaction plant constructed in Darwin, and producing and shipping approximately 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG per year, along with around 100,000 bbl/d of condensate at peak. 

Image: Ichthys Explorer sail away / Inpex

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