Inpex Newshttp://www.inpex.com.auumbraco 2.1.6enIchthys LNG Project Launches FPSO Hull /news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-launches-fpso-hull-.aspx2014-07-07T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-launches-fpso-hull-.aspx
The hull of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility was yesterday launched from the dry dock at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.

The launch saw the 336-metre-long hull – equivalent to more than three football fields in length – floated out of the dry dock and positioned quayside where construction will continue.  

Ichthys LNG Project Offshore Director Claude Cahuzac said the milestone was an impressive achievement, with an enormous amount of work carried out since the FPSO’s keel laying ceremony.

“Pre-fabricated blocks weighing around 60,000 tonnes in total have been lifted into the dry dock and assembled to create what we see on the water now,” Mr Cahuzac said.

“While the hull is at its full length from stern to bow and floating, it does not mean it is complete.

“We still have some work to do to complete the hull, and even more for the entire FPSO, including the fabrication and integration of the topsides, living quarters and our next major milestone – the installation of the turret, which is currently under construction in Singapore.”

The FPSO will be moored about 3.5 kilometres from the Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility (CPF). It will process and store condensate from the CPF and periodically offload stabilised condensate to shuttle carriers for export directly to market. 

The 336 m by 59 m FPSO is designed to hold more than one million barrels of condensate and will have the capacity to accommodate a workforce of up to 200 people.

Once complete, the facility will be towed 5,600 km to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia, where it will be permanently moored to the seabed for the life of the Project.  

The Ichthys LNG Project recently celebrated its most significant construction milestone to date after officially marking 50 per cent completion on 25 June 2014.

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About INPEX 

INPEX CORPORATION is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company currently involved in more than 70 projects across 27 countries. INPEX is ranked in the top 100 global energy companies and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Part of the Australian business community since 1986, we are active in a number of projects in Australia and the Timor Sea, including the large-scale Ichthys LNG Project, Prelude FLNG project, Van Gogh, Ravensworth and Kitan oil projects, as well as the Bayu-Undan condensate development and associated Darwin LNG. 

About the Ichthys LNG Project 

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and raw liquids, including condensate. The gas will then be exported to the onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.  Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Ichthys LNG Project is ongoing and production is scheduled to commence by the end of 2016. With an expected operational life of at least 40 years, the Ichthys LNG Project offers rare multi-generational opportunities to communities, economies, businesses, energy markets and its workforce.

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Module arrival signals next phase for Ichthys LNG Project/news/media-releases/2014/module-arrival-signals-next-phase-for-ichthys-lng-project.aspx2014-07-01T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/module-arrival-signals-next-phase-for-ichthys-lng-project.aspx The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project is preparing for the next phase of its construction effort in Darwin, following the unloading of its first large pre-fabricated module. Modules will be used to construct the Project’s LNG processing facilities at Bladin Point.

Managing Director Ichthys LNG Project Louis Bon said the safe arrival and unloading of the first of more than 200 modules was an important milestone for the Project and marked the next phase for its onshore construction effort.

“Much of the work we have been doing to transform Bladin Point has been leading up to this event – we have been setting the foundations to prepare for their arrival and installation at site,” he said.

A modularised approach to construction is now common in Australia. For the Ichthys LNG Project, this approach involved having components of its onshore facilities assembled in modules at fabrication yards and tested before transporting them to site.

Mr Bon said designing and constructing modules in this way was a key part of delivering the global project on schedule and on budget.

“The Ichthys LNG Project’s onshore facilities were designed so that some elements would be modularised while others could be stick-built on site in Darwin,” Mr Bon said.

The Ichthys LNG Project’s pre-fabricated modules are being built at four yards in China, the Philippines and Thailand. Over the next 18 months, about 60 module shipments are scheduled to arrive in Darwin. The largest modules can weigh more than 6,000 tonnes.

Transported on large, custom-made marine vessels, module shipments will travel past Darwin on the way to the Project’s module offloading facility (MOF) at Bladin Point. The MOF supports the offloading of the large modules and oversized equipment that is too large to be transported to site by road.

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Media enquiries: Kate McNamara +61 418 277 911

About INPEX

INPEX CORPORATION is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company currently involved in more than 70 projects across 27 countries. INPEX is ranked in the top 100 global energy companies and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Part of the Australian business community since 1986, we are active in a number of projects in Australia and the Timor Sea, including the large-scale Ichthys LNG Project, Prelude FLNG project, Van Gogh, Ravensworth and Kitan oil projects, as well as the Bayu-Undan condensate development and associated Darwin LNG.

About the Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and raw liquids, including condensate. The gas will then be exported to the onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Ichthys LNG Project is ongoing and production is scheduled to commence by the end of 2016. With an expected operational life of at least 40 years, the Ichthys LNG Project offers rare multi-generational opportunities to communities, economies, businesses, energy markets and its workforce.

About Ichthys LNG Project Module Arrival in Darwin

The first of more than 200 large modules for the Ichthys LNG Project’s onshore facilities have arrived in Darwin Harbour. Transported from overseas on large marine vessels, module shipments will be escorted by tugs and piloted by Darwin Port Corporation pilots past Darwin to Bladin Point, where they will be offloaded at the Project’s module offloading facility (MOF). Offloading may occur with the help of a transition pontoon that allows modules to be unloaded at times of peak tidal range. Similar to previous community advice on dredging activities as part of the Project’s marine activity engagement campaign, recreational harbour users are advised to maintain a safe distance from module shipments as they move through Darwin Harbour. The channel marking the passage of the module carriers through the harbour will be marked with a

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Ichthys LNG Project funds helipad upgrade/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-funds-helipad-upgrade.aspx2014-06-30T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-funds-helipad-upgrade.aspx The Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) helipad has undergone a major upgrade thanks to the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project.

The $500,000 upgrade, which includes improved lighting and the helipad almost doubling in size, is a significant boost to RDH’s ability to support critical care in emergency response situations.

Speaking at the helipad upgrade launch, INPEX general manager Darwin Sean Kildare said the team was proud that it would benefit everyone in the Top End.

“The upgrade means the helipad can now accommodate larger helicopters, like ours, with night lighting improvements that allow for landings 24-hours per day, Mr Kildare said.

“The increased capacity means that everyone using the helipad benefits, including emergency services, other industry operations and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.”

Ichthys Project deputy offshore director Antoine Moreau said the upgrade was initiated as part of important health and safety contingency planning for the Ichthys LNG Project.

“INPEX identified Royal Darwin Hospital as the primary hospital facility for MEDEVAC transfers of the Project’s offshore workers if they were ever faced with a serious medical situation,” Mr Moreau said.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles expressed his appreciation to the Ichthys LNG Project for the upgrade.

“INPEX and its Ichthys joint venture participants have again proven themselves to be good corporate citizens, by investing in this lifesaving infrastructure,” Mr Giles said.

“Construction of the Ichthys LNG Project is now at the half way point and is driving massive growth in the Territory economy.

“The upgraded helipad is a great community asset that will improve the medical services available to Territorians and I’d like to thank the Project for this investment in Northern Australia.”

The upgrade was fully funded by the Project with works managed by the Northern Territory Government, which included excavation, groundworks, concrete works, painting, electrical works, roadworks, landscaping and installation of a new windsock.

The upgraded helipad has been in use since April 2014.

RDH provides a broad range of services in all specialty areas to Darwin’s urban population as well as serving as a referral centre to the Top End of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South-East Asia. The Top End population serviced by the hospital is about 150,000.

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About INPEX

INPEX CORPORATION is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company currently involved in more than 70 projects across 27 countries. INPEX is ranked in the top 100 global energy companies and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Part of the Australian business community since 1986, we are active in a number of projects in Australia and the Timor Sea, including the large-scale Ichthys LNG Project, Prelude FLNG project, Van Gogh, Ravensworth and Kitan oil projects, as well as the Bayu-Undan condensate development and associated Darwin LNG.

About the Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and raw liquids, including condensate. The gas will then be exported to the onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Ichthys LNG Project is ongoing and production is scheduled to commence by the end of 2016. With an expected operational life of at least 40 years, the Ichthys LNG Project offers rare multi-generational opportunities to communities, economies, businesses, energy markets and its workforce.

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Ichthys LNG Project makes its half way mark/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-makes-its-half-way-mark.aspx2014-06-25T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-makes-its-half-way-mark.aspx The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project has today celebrated its most significant construction milestone to date after officially marking 50 per cent completion.

Likened to three mega-projects in one, Ichthys includes an offshore project with subsea facilities and two large floating platforms (central processing facility and floating production storage and offloading facility); an onshore project featuring a 8.4 million tonne per annum LNG plant in Darwin; and an 889 km 42-inch gas transmission pipeline.  

Today’s milestone means that half of the overall Project scope has been completed.  

INPEX President Director Australia Seiya Ito said millions of man-hours by thousands of people across the globe had contributed to the Project reaching its half way mark, which comes less than two-and-a-half years after the final investment decision was made in January 2012. 

“Achieving 50 per cent means overall we have completed half of the Project’s physical fabrication and construction work,” Mr Ito said. “For INPEX, this is a major step towards the successful start-up of our flagship Ichthys LNG Project, which with an operational life of at least 40 years, is integral to realising our medium to long-term vision for growth.” 

Managing Director Ichthys LNG Project Louis Bon said reaching the milestone was a testament to the enormous effort and dedication of everyone involved. “Building one of the world’s largest and most exciting resource development projects certainly has its challenges, but we have every confidence in our people and our contractors to deliver Ichthys as planned,” Mr Bon said. 

“I would like to personally thank our Project teams and the many contractors and subcontractors involved up to now, and acknowledge the continuing support of our joint venture participants, governments and the communities in which we operate. 

“With first production a little more than two years away, our Operations team is working hard to prepare for start-up and commissioning, and we remain absolutely focused on successfully delivering the second half of this world-class project.” 

With a 40 plus year life span, the Ichthys LNG Project offers a multi-generational economic opportunity.  

Approximately AU$10 billion has been committed to be spent in Australia during the construction phase of the Project, including more than AU$5 billion in the Northern Territory and approximately AU$3.5 billion in Western Australia.

ENDS Media enquiries: Kate McNamara +61 418 277 911    James Clothier +61 413 391 031

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About INPEX  

INPEX CORPORATION is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company currently involved in more than 70 projects across 27 countries. INPEX is ranked in the top 100 global energy companies and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Part of the Australian business community since 1986, we are active in a number of projects in Australia and the Timor Sea, including the large-scale Ichthys LNG Project, Prelude FLNG project, Van Gogh, Ravensworth and Kitan oil projects, as well as the Bayu-Undan condensate development and associated Darwin LNG.

About the Ichthys LNG Project  

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and raw liquids, including condensate. The gas will then be exported to the onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.  Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Ichthys LNG Project is ongoing and production is scheduled to commence by the end of 2016. With an expected operational life of at least 40 years, the Ichthys LNG Project offers rare multi-generational opportunities to communities, economies, businesses, energy markets and its workforce.

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Ichthys LNG Project shallow water pipelay to begin/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-shallow-water-pipelay-to-begin.aspx2014-06-23T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-shallow-water-pipelay-to-begin.aspx The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project has welcomed the semi-submersible pipelay barge SEMAC-1 to the Northern Territory.

The arrival of the 188 metre-long Saipem-operated vessel at the Darwin Outer Port Limits signals the start of important work on the Project’s 889 kilometre gas export pipeline (GEP) which will connect Bladin Point to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin.

Managing Director Ichthys LNG Project Louis Bon said that the SEMAC-1 was scheduled to start the 164 kilometre shallow water pipelay component of the GEP installation in the coming weeks. This work includes laying the first 18 kilometre section of 42-inch diameter pipe through Darwin Harbour from Middle Arm.

"The gas export pipeline will deliver gas and some condensate from our offshore central processing facility to the Ichthys LNG Project onshore facilities at Bladin Point near Darwin so that it can be processed for export," Mr Bon said.

"The shallow water pipelay work means we are starting to physically connect our home base in Darwin to the Ichthys Field where our semi-submersible offshore facilities will be permanently moored for the life of the Project."

Working from east to west in Darwin Harbour, the SEMAC-1 will first feed pipe to the Project’s landfall site for a three kilometre shore-pull. This will enable the SEMAC-1 to connect the offshore component of the pipeline to the onshore component, which will stretch about seven kilometres from the beach valve at Middle Arm to the Bladin Point onshore processing facilities.

 The SEMAC-1 is scheduled to be in Darwin Harbour for about four weeks. In total, the 164 kilometre shallow water pipelay installation is scheduled to take about 80 days. Once completed, the SEMAC-1 will transfer work to Saipem’s deep water installation vessel, Castorone, which will lay the remaining 718 kilometres of pipe to the Ichthys Field.

International oil and gas contracting service provider Saipem is the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contractor for the Ichthys LNG Project’s GEP. Mr Bon said that Saipem had significant experience in this area, including on similar large diameter pipeline projects.

"In line with INPEX requirements, Saipem has put in place stringent safety and environmental procedures. They are committed to working safely with commercial and recreational harbour users," Mr Bon said.  

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Media enquiries: Kate McNamara +61 418 277 911

                               James Clothier +61 413 391 031 

About INPEX

INPEX CORPORATION is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company currently involved in more than 70 projects across 28 countries. INPEX is ranked in the top 100 global energy companies and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Part of the Australian business community since 1986, we are active in a number of projects in Australia and the Timor Sea, including the large-scale Ichthys LNG Project, Prelude FLNG project, Van Gogh, Ravensworth and Kitan oil projects, as well as the Bayu-Undan condensate development and associated Darwin LNG.

About the Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and raw liquids, including condensate. The gas will then be exported to the onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Ichthys LNG Project is ongoing and production is scheduled to commence by the end of 2016. With an expected operational life of at least 40 years, the Ichthys LNG Project offers rare multi-generational opportunities to communities, economies, businesses, energy markets and its workforce.

 

 

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INPEX and Shell to partner with Nextgen Group to build subsea fibre optic cable/news/media-releases/2014/inpex-and-shell-to-partner-with-nextgen-group-to-build-subsea-fibre-optic-cable.aspx2014-05-12T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/inpex-and-shell-to-partner-with-nextgen-group-to-build-subsea-fibre-optic-cable.aspx INPEX and Shell have announced plans to invest in a significant new project to construct a subsea optical fibre cable system with the Nextgen Group, delivering critical infrastructure for the nation's resources industry.

The subsea fibre optic cable system will provide the INPEX Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects located in the Browse Basin off North West Australia with access to high-speed data and voice communication services for the life of their operations.

Work will commence in May 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2016.

The Prelude and Ichthys projects will contribute equally to the construction of the system, which the Nextgen Group will build, own and operate. The system will stretch approximately 2000 kilometres between Darwin and Port Hedland.

The subsea fibre optic cable system will provide superior reliability and quality when compared to other available communications solutions such as satellite links. The system will provide an initial design capacity of 80x40 Gbps and has the potential to scale well beyond that as technology matures.

Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon said constructing subsea infrastructure of this kind for private customers on the mainland was an Australian first. "This is a great achievement for the Ichthys Project and an excellent example of what collaboration in the oil and gas industry can achieve," Mr Bon said. "It means that both of these projects, far north of Port Hedland, will be connected to data centres thousands of kilometres away in Perth."

Shell Prelude Asset Manager Jim Marshall said Prelude FLNG’s close proximity to Ichthys represented a significant opportunity for INPEX and Shell to achieve a better technical and commercial outcome. "The subsea cable will give us a highly reliable and stable high-speed voice and data service which is essential for effective and efficient operations at our future offshore facilities," Mr Marshall said. "It means that workers at Shell and INPEX will have an ultra high speed communications link so they can stay in touch with their friends and families while working at offshore facilities. Our investment will also establish a valuable piece of infrastructure that has the capacity to support the development of future offshore resources in the Browse Basin."

Nextgen CEO Peter McGrath said the project would provide essential support to Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry. It will also establish an alternative backhaul path to Perth supporting high capacity voice and data services on land. "As an Australian company we’re delighted to support two global leaders working in a sector that is the heartbeat of the national economy," Mr McGrath said. "This project builds on our successful track record of delivering high speed communications links for businesses, government and other users in underserviced regional and remote markets," he said.

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About the Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and raw liquids, including condensate. The gas will then be exported to the onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889km pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Ichthys LNG Project is ongoing and production is scheduled to commence by the end of 2016.

About Prelude FLNG

Shell is the operator of Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Project in joint venture with INPEX (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%). Prelude FLNG is located in the Browse Basin, approximately 475km north-north east of Broome, in Western Australia. FLNG technology allows for the production, liquefaction, storage and transfer of LNG at sea, as well as the ability to process and export liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate. FLNG removes the need for pipelines to shore, dredging and onshore works and therefore significantly limits the disturbance to the surrounding environment and reduces development costs.

The Prelude FLNG will produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.

The Prelude FLNG hull is longer than four soccer fields laid end to end and it is longer than the Empire State Building is tall. Once complete, the FLNG facility will weigh more than 600,000 tonnes fully loaded, displacing the same amount of water as six of the world’s largest aircraft carriers. Whilst the Prelude facility is big it is also small – taking up 1/4 the area of an equivalent onshore LNG plant.

According to an independent analysis by ACIL Tasman, over the 25-year life of the Prelude FLNG project it will:

  • Create approximately 350 direct and 650 indirect jobs.

  • Contribute total tax revenues of more than $12 billion.

  • Spend $12 billion on Australian goods and services. Improve Australia’s balance of trade by more than $18 billion through the export of LNG, LPG and Condensate.

 

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