bam CLOUGH joint venture (JV) has secured a $370m contract to build a product loading jetty for the Inpex-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in the Browse Basin off the coast of Western Australia.

The LNG project is a joint venture between operator Inpex, holding a 76% interest, and French firm Total, which holds a 24% interest.

BAM Clough will design and build a Y-shaped approach jetty, connecting the onshore facility to two separate vessel load-out berths, one for LNG carriers and a second for condensate carriers.

The jetty will consist of a 680m leg, connecting to the LNG berth and with a second 630m leg connecting to the condensate berth.

Under letter of intent provided by from JGC Corporation, KBR and Chiyoda Corporation joint venture, the JV’s expenditure would be limited to the start of engineering, procurement and planning work for the project.

BAM Clough said construction activities on the development are scheduled to start in early 2013 with project completion expected at the end of 2014.

Gas from the Ichthys field will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate, which will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin through an 889km subsea pipeline.

The project will produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas a year; it will have a peak rate of 100,000 barrels of condensate a day.

BAM Clough JV is a 50/50 joint venture between BAM International and engineering and construction company Clough.