Japanese oil company Inpex has begun gas production from the wellhead of its Ichthys LNG Project in Australia.

Prior to this, final safety verifications for the project were completed, including verifications concerning electrical equipment.

The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce and ship approximately 8.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 1.65 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) annually. It will also produce about 100,000 barrels of condensate per day.

Ichthys Explorer, the project’s Central Processing Facility, will be used to gather the produced gas and separate it into gases and liquids.

The facility will transport the liquids to the nearby Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) facility Ichthys Venturer and transport the gases through an 890km Gas Export Pipeline (GEP) to the onshore gas liquefaction plant at Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.

"The liquids will be processed to remove water and other impurities at the FPSO and later stored in tanks before exporting them by tankers."

The liquids will be processed to remove water and other impurities at the FPSO and later stored in tanks before exporting them by tankers.

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The Darwin liquefaction facility will process the gases to remove impurities and extract any remaining condensate.

The gases will be separated and liquefied to produce LPG and LNG, which will be stored in tanks and shipped in sequence.

Ichthys LNG Project will deliver the products in the order of condensate, LNG, and LPG during the end of the first half of fiscal 2018.

Inpex will continue to work in cooperation with all its stakeholders, including the project’s joint venture partners, the local communities, the Australian federal government and the governments of Western Australia and the Northern Territory for the success of the project.

The Ichthys LNG Project is led by Inpex with a participating interest of 62.245%.
Other partners holding interest in the project include Total (30%) and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), while Osaka Gas and Kansai Electric Power own 1.2% each.