Ichthys Explorer, the central processing facility (CPF) for Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project, set sail last week from Geoje in South Korea and is en route to its final Western Australia offshore production site.
The unit, pictured, is being towed to the Ichthys Field and is due to arrive in around six weeks’ time. It will then be hooked up on site. The unit separates and processes material from the seabed, turning it into gases and liquids.
Inpex will shortly take delivery of Ichthys Venturer, the project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. The project partners are working to build the onshore liquefaction plant outside Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Ichthys LNG project will produce its first condensates, LNG and LPG “during the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2018”, Inpex said in a statement.
The project comprises two 4.2 million tonne a year (mta) trains. Australia is on course to bring an additional 15 million tonnes (mt) of LNG on stream by this summer and to increase its exports by 40 per cent in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to government figures.