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Ichthys Venturer arrives in Australia

Written by  Monday, 14 August 2017 09:38

The Ichthys Venturer floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility has arrived in Australian waters today (14 August), as Inpex gears up to begin hook-up and commissioning activities.

The Ichthys Venturer at the DSME shipyard. Image from Inpex. 

The 336m long, 59 mwide, ship-shaped, weather-vaning FPSO will be permanently moored in the Browse Basin, about 220km off the Western Australian coast.

“The safe completion of the 5600km, 26-day tow of the Ichthys Venturer from South Korea to Australian waters is another significant stride forward for the Ichthys LNG Project,” says Louis Bon, managing director, Ichthys Project. “The FPSO has been designed to hold 1.12 MMbbl of condensate and operate for 40 years in a cyclonic environment, setting new benchmarks for durability.”

The Ichthys Venturer is one of the largest and most advanced offshore facilities of its kind in the world, Inpex says. The FPSO can accommodate up to 200 people.

Once the Ichthys Venturer is moored in the 250m deep waters of the Ichthys Field, hook-up and commissioning activities will commence, the company says.

The FPSO will process, stabilize and store the condensate delivered from the Ichthys Explorer before periodically offloading it to tankers for export to market.

The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce up to 8.9 MTPA of LNG and 1.65 million-tonne of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 b/d of condensate at peak.

The FPSO joins the Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility (CPF), the Ichthys Explorer, the world’s largest semisubmersible platform, which was safely moored in the Ichthys Field in late-May.

The Ichthys LNG project is operated by Inpex (62.245%) alongside major partner Total (30%) and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corp. (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), Osaka Gas (1.2%), Kansai Electric (1.2%), Jera (0.735%) and Toho Gas (0.42%).

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