Veolia to Supply Innovative MPPE Water Treatment Technology to Ichthys LNG Project

VWS MPP Systems, a subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, has been awarded a contract by leading shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to supply a macro porous polymer extraction water purification (MPPE) unit for the Ichthys LNG Project’s floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

The Ichthys Field is located in the Browse Basin, off the north-west coast of Western Australia. It is the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia for 40 years, and will place Australia in the top two LNG exporting countries by 2020.

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project will involve offshore preliminary processing of gas from the Ichthys Field to remove water and extract condensate before being transported to onshore LNG processing facilities in Darwin via an 889km pipeline. Most condensate will be sent to an infield FPSO from which it will be shipped to market. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

During the production of gas and condensate, formation and dehydration water is co-produced containing dissolved and dispersed aromatics, aliphatics and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. The MPPE technology is able to remove all of these toxic compounds securely and in a single process to comply with strict requirements. The fully automated MPPE unit is supplied in a skid-mounted module.

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