UK engineering and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler has won a contract from Japanese company Inpex's Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project in Australia.

Under the contract, a team will be provided by Amec to conduct assessments for the Ichthys operations and maintenance personnel across all assets of the project. 

The contract will run until April next year and includes the central processing facility, floating production storage and offtake vessel, as well as the Bladin Point LNG onshore processing plant.

Amec Foster Wheeler Asia, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe group president Roberto Penno said: “This is the latest example of Amec Foster Wheeler’s market-leading capability being used to benefit a world-class LNG project.”

"Production is scheduled for the end of September 2017."

The assessments will be conducted at the construction yards in Korea, offshore Western Australia, and at the onshore LNG facility in Darwin.

Currently under construction, the Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between Inpex group companies, Total, CPC, and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.

In 2012, the partners reached a final investment decision for the project and first production is scheduled for the end of September 2017.

Ichthys is expected to produce 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, in addition to more than 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

Image: The Ichthys LNG Project’s massive central processing facility float off, South Korea, September 2015. Photo: courtesy of Inpex Australia.