Japan-based Inpex has announced that its $34bn Ichthys LNG project in Australia has completed the offshore pipelay for its gas export pipeline.

The 890km, 42in diameter subsea pipeline will be used to export gas from the Ichthys gas-condensate field to the onshore facilities for processing at Bladin Point near Darwin.

Ichthys Project managing director Louis Bon said: "Completion of the offshore pipelay marks a significant milestone for the project.

"It means we are one step closer to physically connecting our onshore plant near Darwin to the Ichthys field where our offshore facilities will be permanently moored for the 40-year life of the project."

"It means we are one step closer to physically connecting our onshore plant near Darwin to the Ichthys field."

According to Inpex, Saipem’s Semac and Castorone barges were used to install the pipeline from Darwin to the Ichthys Field.

The Ichthys LNG project is operated by Inpex, which holds 62.245% participating interest and is expected to be operational for 40 years.

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The remaining partners are Total (30%), CPC (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), Osaka Gas (1.2%), Kansai Electric (1.2%), Chubu Electric Power (0.735%) and Toho Gas (0.42%).

The project is expected to produce 8.9Mt of LNG and 1.6Mt of LPG a year, along with over 100,000 barrels of condensate a day at peak.

In 2012, a final investment decision for the project was reached, with first production expected to start towards the end of September 2017.

Image: Pipelay of gas export pipeline. Photo: courtesy of © Inpex.