Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s central processing facility has sailed from its construction site in Geoje, South Korea.
Prior to sailing, the facility Ichthys Explorer completed its shipyard commissioning and preparation work.
Ichthys Explorer will be towed to the Ichthys Field located offshore Western Australia over a period of nearly one-and-a-half months, when it will then undergo a hook-up.
The facility will be used to separate and process the produce recovered by the subsea production wells into gasses and liquids for 40 years.
The project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, Ichthys Venturer, is also expected to be towed to the offshore field and undergo hook-up.
Inpex said it will also continue construction work of the onshore natural gas liquefaction plant located outside of Darwin in Northern Territory, Australia.
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Inpex expects that Ichthys LNG Project will start production of condensate, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the current fiscal year, following commissioning of Ichthys Explorer and Ichthys Venturer.
Inpex holds 62.245% interest in the Ichthys LNG Project alongside major partner Total, which owns a 30% interest.
Remaining partners in the project are CPC (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), Osaka Gas (1.2%), Kansai Electric (1.2%), JERA (0.735%) and Toho Gas (0.42%).
The project includes recovery of LNG and its transportation to the liquefaction plant in Darwin for processing.
It is expected to produce and ship nearly 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and approximately 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, alongside production of around 100,000 barrels of condensate a day at peak.
Image: Ichthys Explorer sails away. Photo: courtesy of Inpex Corporation.