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Ichthys LNG project’s CPF sail away from Geoje
2017/04/28
The Ichthys LNG project will, during the current fiscal year (ending March 2018), begin production of condensate, LNG and LPG in sequence and then ship these products.
INPEX announced that the Ichthys Explorer, the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project’s central processing facility (CPF), sailed away from its construction site in Geoje, South Korea en route to the Ichthys gas field offshore Western Australia, following the completion of shipyard commissioning and preparation work.
The Ichthys Explorer will be towed to the Ichthys field over a period of approximately one and a half months, after which it is scheduled to undergo hook-up, the Japanese operator said, adding that the facility will then separate and process the produce lifted from subsea production wells into gases and liquids over 40 years of continuous operation.
“The Ichthys Venturer, the Project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, is also scheduled to be towed to the Ichthys field and undergo hook-up.”
INPEX has reminded that it will also continue to proceed with construction work on the onshore gas liquefaction plant outside of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. “Following the arrival of the CPF (Ichthys Explorer) and the FPSO (Ichthys Venturer), installation and commissioning work will be undertaken and production from the wellhead will commence” as gas production is now expected to start in the third quarter of 2017.
The Ichthys LNG project will, during the current fiscal year (ending March 2018), begin production of condensate, LNG and LPG in sequence and then ship these products, according to the project's latest schedule released by INPEX.
In seems that INPEX has given up its very aggressive targeting for the Ichthys construction completion, shipping a first LNG cargo by the end of September 2017.
Earlier, Ichthys LNG project’s partner, Total had admitted that the project will start shipping condensate by end-2017 with LNG shipments next year as it sees further slippage in the project that has in recent months been hit by subcontractor disputes.

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Source(s) GLNGI Staff, Image courtesy of INPEX