French firm Veolia's MPPE unit has been selected to treat the gas/condensate-produced water stream from Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project’s floating production storage and offloading facility (FPSO).

Upon completion, the FPSO will be towed 6,000km to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia.

Dissolved and dispersed toxic constituents such as aromatic (BTEX), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and oil can be removed using the ± 450t MPPE module unit.

The unit has been loaded to Korea and placed on the vessel.

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 through an 890km pipeline.

The project is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG a year, along approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

"The project is expected to produce 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG a year."

The MPPE technology has the capability to remove all dissolved and dispersed aromatics, aliphatics and polyaromatic hydrocarbons securely in a single process.  

The MPPE module unit contains two fully automated MPPE units, which are delivered in one module.

Designed for an operational lifetime of 40 years, the unit meets all current health, safety, environmental and ergonomic requirements.

Veolia MPP Systems managing director Erik Middelhoek said: “We are very proud to deliver this high-tech water treatment system to help Inpex achieve their ambitious goals.”


Image: The FPSO will transported 6,000km to the Ichthys Field in Browse Basin, off the coast of Western Australia. Photo: courtesy of Veolia.