Inpex held double naming ceremonies at two South Korean yards for the FPSO and CPF related to the Ichthys LNG project, following the end of construction of both facilities.
At Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard, former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory of Australia Clare Martin officially named the project’s FPSO facility Ichthys Venturer.
In the afternoon at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard, Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs officially named the project’s central processing facility (CPF) Ichthys Explorer.
Inpex president and CEO Toshiaki Kitamura said that Ichthys was one of the largest conventional offshore gas development projects in the world.
“Our sincere thanks go to our facilities’ godmothers, Martin and Bishop. On behalf of the Ichthys joint venture, Inpex is honored to have their involvement in this milestone event and is most grateful for the support they have both shown the Ichthys LNG Project. My thanks extend to all the teams and contractors who completed more than 60 million man-hours of work to safely construct these remarkable, world-class facilities.”
“Our project’s two gigantic floating facilities will be located in the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field, located about 220km offshore Western Australia, for 40 years of continuous operation, setting new benchmarks for durability,” said Kitamura.
At 130m by 120m, the Ichthys Explorer is the world’s largest semisubmersible platform. The Ichthys Explorer will receive well fluids from an intricate subsea gas gathering system, located at a water depth of approximately 250m, within the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field.
Most liquids will be transferred from the Ichthys Explorer to the 336m-long Ichthys Venturer for offshore processing and condensate offloading.
Linking the massive Ichthys Explorer to the onshore production facilities is the longest subsea pipeline in the southern hemisphere, 42in in diameter and 890km in length.
Image: Ichthys Venturer/Inpex