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Video: Ichthys Venturer sets sail to Australia

Written by  Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:47
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The Ichthys Venturer floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility for Inpex's Ichthys LNG project, has set sail from South Korea, to its final destination offshore Australia.

The Ichthys Venturer at the DSME yard. Image from Inpex. 

The 336m-long long ship-shaped FPSO began its 5600km voyage, which will take about one month, to the Browse Basin, 220km off the north coast of Western Australia.

The FPSO will be permanently moored in 250m water depth, where it will undergo hook-up and commissioning, along with the Ichthys Explorer central processing facility (CPF), 3.5km away.

When operational, the Ichthys Venturer will process and store condensate delivered from the Ichthys LNG Project’s CPF before periodically offloading this condensate to export carrier vessels.

“The sail away of the massive Ichthys Venturer marks another significant stride forward for the Ichthys LNG Project,” says Louis Bon, managing director of the Ichthys Project. “The Ichthys Venturer has been designed to withstand cyclonic conditions and is one of the largest and most advanced offshore facilities of its kind in the world.”

The Ichthys Venturer FPSO has a storage capacity of 1.12 MMbo of condensate and will have a continuous operating life of 40 years.

The project involves producing and shipping about 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas per year, along with around 100,000 b/d of condensate at peak.

In May, the massive central processing facility (CPF), the Ichthys Explorer, arrived in the Browse basin. The CPF is the central hub for initial offshore processing of all well fluids delivered from an extensive, 130km network of subsea well infrastructure.

Gas from the CPF will be sent through an 890km subsea pipeline to the onshore LNG facility, at Bladin Point, near Darwin for processing. Most condensate and water from the CPF will be transferred to a nearby floating production, storage and offloading facility, the Ichthys Venturer.

The Ichthys LNG project is operated by Inpex (62.245%). Partners include 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%).

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