Ichthys LNG Project combined cycle power plant fires-up

Ichthys LNG Project combined cycle power plant fires-up

Perth, Australia: The INPEX–operated Ichthys LNG Project is a step closer to becoming the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to use combined cycle technology, having successfully initiated the start-up of its gas turbine generators at its onshore power plant near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

The milestone is a significant step towards power generation at the Project’s onshore combined cycle power plant (CCPP).

Ichthys Project Managing Director, Mr Louis Bon paid tribute to the ongoing focus of the team working on the delivery of the power plant.

“Initiating the safe start-up of the gas turbine generators (GTG) illustrates the strong commitment of the onshore team to overcome challenges and achieve our targets,” Mr Bon announced.

“The combined cycle power plant uses gas and steam turbines together to produce up to 50 per cent more electricity from the same amount of fuel compared with a traditional simple-cycle plant,” he advised.

The waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to create steam for the nearby steam turbine system, which generates extra power.

Power and Water Corporation in the Northern Territory provided the initial gas to fuel the GTG start-up process.

Ultimately powered by natural gas from the Ichthys Field, the CCPP will use a mix of five gas and three steam turbine generators to supply all the electricity requirements for onshore processing of LNG.

The power plant has capacity for up to 490 megawatts of electricity, which allows LNG processing trains to cool and liquefy natural gas.

“With more than 50 per cent energy efficiency, the CCPP will provide energy efficiency well above the 30-35 per cent typically achieved by a standard industrial gas turbine open cycle power plant and will allow the Project to use saved fuel gas to produce more LNG,” Mr Bon said.

“Importantly, greenhouse gas and other air emissions from the Ichthys LNG Project will be significantly reduced through the use of combined cycle technology,” Mr Bon said.

 When fully operational the Ichthys LNG Project will have the capacity to produce at peak:

  • up to 8.9 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of LNG
  • up to 1.65 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of liquefied petroleum gas
  • 100,000 barrels of condensate a day (at peak).

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 Media Contact:

Ms Susie Pantall, Communications Manager, INPEX Australia

Office: +61 (0) 862136634

Mobile: +61 (0) 403330020

Email: Susie.pantall@inpex.com.au

About INPEX

INPEX CORPORATION is Japan’s largest exploration and production (E&P) company, and a mid-tier E&P player just behind the world’s oil majors. INPEX is currently involved in approximately 70 projects across more than 20 countries, including the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia as Operator. Through sustainably growing its oil and gas development business, INPEX aims to become a top class international oil and gas E&P Company and continue providing a stable and efficient supply of energy to its customers. For more information, visit www.inpex.co.jp/english/index.html.

 

About the Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a project led by INPEX (Operator, participating interest: 62.245%) alongside major partner TOTAL (participating interest: 30%), and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan (participating interest: 2.625%), Tokyo Gas (participating interest: 1.575%), Osaka Gas (participating interest: 1.2%), Kansai Electric (participating interest: 1.2%), JERA (participating interest: 0.735%) and Toho Gas (participating interest: 0.42%) that involves liquefying natural gas lifted from the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field offshore Western Australia at an onshore gas liquefaction plant constructed in Darwin, Northern Territory, and producing and shipping approximately 8.9 million tons of LNG and approximately 1.65 million tons of LPG per year, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. The Ichthys LNG Project is a large-scale LNG project by global standards, and is expected to be operational over a period of 40 years. In 1998, INPEX acquired an exploration permit in the block where the project is located, and following development studies including exploration, evaluation and FEED work, the company announced its final investment decision (FID) in January 2012.

Ichthys LNG Project combined cycle power plant fires-up

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