Inpex Newshttp://www.inpex.com.auumbraco 2.1.6enWorld’s Largest Semi-submersible Platform Takes Major Step Towards Completion/news/media-releases/2014/world’s-largest-semi-submersible-platform-takes-major-step-towards-completion.aspx2014-04-03T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/world’s-largest-semi-submersible-platform-takes-major-step-towards-completion.aspx The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project has announced a major milestone for its Central Processing Facility (CPF). 

The first dry dock hull block erection was yesterday celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, where the CPF is being constructed. 

The ceremony was attended by INPEX president Director Australia Seiya Ito and Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon. 

Speaking at the event, Mr Ito said the ceremony was significant as it recognised the introduction of the first large hull block to the SHI floating dock, where the CPF will be constructed. 

“The placement of the hull block marks the culmination of huge fabrication efforts since the first steel plates were cut in January last year,” he said. 

“Successful delivery of the CPF is of great importance as it is the centre of the Project’s offshore development, with all future production being processed through this facility. 

“’Today’s event is another major step towards the completion of this world-class facility by late 2015, and a major step in the delivery of the Ichthys LNG Project – one of the world’s most exciting and challenging developments.” 

The CPF is a very large floating facility that gathers natural gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field's subsea wells.

Gas will undergo initial processing on the CPF, which will be permanently moored at the field, to extract condensate and water and remove impurities in order to make the gas suitable for transmission.  

Most condensate will be transferred from the CPF to the nearby floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) for offshore processing, with the remainder sent to Darwin with the gas via the 889 kilometre gas export pipeline. 

Earlier this year on 19 February, a major milestone was reached for the FPSO when the Project celebrated its keel laying.  

With topside dimensions of 150 metres by 110 metres, the CPF will be the world’s largest semi-submersible platform.

Once complete, it will be towed around 6,000 kilometres to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia. 

Work is underway for all major Ichthys LNG Project facilities, including the Central Processing Facility, the FPSO, the subsea structures, flow lines and umbilicals, the Gas Export Pipeline, and the onshore LNG processing plant in Darwin.

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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 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 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. 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 CELEBRATES FPSO KEEL LAYING/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-celebrates-fpso-keel-laying.aspx2014-02-19T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2014/ichthys-lng-project-celebrates-fpso-keel-laying.aspx The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project has celebrated a key milestone for its Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility. 

The first block of the keel was placed during a ceremony in the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, where the FPSO is being constructed. 

Speaking at the event, Managing Director Ichthys Project Louis Bon said the keel laying was significant as it is the structure around which the FPSO would take form. 

“In a year that will see many major milestones for the Ichthys LNG Project, this is a very big moment,” he said.  

“The FPSO is the facility that will be used for condensate dewatering, stabilisation, storage and export – so its importance cannot be overstated. 

“With only a few years until first production, all of our major offshore facilities are taking shape.” 

Following tradition and placing a newly minted Australian gold coin under the keel block for good luck, Mr Bon said the milestone was the major next step in bringing together the fabricated blocks of the FPSO. 

In traditional shipbuilding, keel laying was celebrated because it signified that work was starting on a vessel. In the case of Ichthys, modular construction means that most pieces of the FPSO will have been incorporated in blocks before keel laying, for faster sequencing. 

These blocks will be combined to create mega blocks, which are then lifted, skidded and welded at the DSME dock to form parts of the FPSO and are outfitted and erected separately. 

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 336 m by 59 m FPSO is designed to hold more than one million barrels of condensate, which will be offloaded periodically to crude oil tankers and shipped directly to market.    

Work is underway for all major Ichthys LNG Project offshore facilities, including the Central Processing Facility, subsea structures and the Gas Export Pipeline.

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Media enquiries: Kate McNamara 0418 277 911.

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 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.

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Ichthys LNG Project's Manigurr-ma Village Open For Business/news/media-releases/2013-/ichthys-lng-project's-manigurr-ma-village-open-for-business.aspx2013-09-18T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2013-/ichthys-lng-project's-manigurr-ma-village-open-for-business.aspx The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project (the Project) today officially opened the doors of its Accommodation Village at Howard Springs, Darwin.

Named Manigurr-ma Village after the Larrakia name for the Stringybark tree, it will be home for up to 3,500 workers when it is complete in mid-2014. About 1,000 of the Project’s construction workforce will move in to the village over the next few months.

The milestone was marked by an opening ceremony attended by more than 100 guests, including Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles, Larrakia elders, neighbouring residents and Project personnel who enjoyed a tour of the facilities.

Speaking at the ceremony Managing Director Ichthys LNG Project Antoine Serceau said Manigurr-ma Village was designed to provide a safe, comfortable and relaxed second home for the Project’s necessary fly-in, fly-out personnel.

“A well-designed accommodation village fosters a sense of community and a happier and healthier workforce. It also reduces pressure on community services by providing accommodation, food, security, social and recreational outlets, health and other services,” Mr Serceau said.

“Building an accommodation village for this part of the Project’s construction workforce makes sense, because the Darwin population is also forecast to grow during this time, with more workers and families expected to come for job opportunities on a range of different projects.”

The final 67 hectare village will include a 50-seat cinema, swimming pool, outdoor beach volleyball court, cardio and spin room, gym, music room, basketball and tennis courts, cricket nets, internet café, shop and much more.

A 24/7 medical centre will help to alleviate pressure on public health services and cut unnecessary emergency call-outs. Comprehensive planning for Manigurr-ma Village has been underway since Darwin was first considered as a location for the Project’s onshore LNG processing plant in 2008. Environmental, social, health and traffic impact assessments were completed and community consultation and engagement has been extensive.

Mr Serceau said of the $260 million capital expenditure for Manigurr-ma Village, around 60 per cent had been committed to local contracts.

“NT based businesses are undertaking a wide range of works - everything from tiling to traffic control,” Mr Serceau said. “Around 90 per cent of the current village construction workforce is from the Territory. With more than 400 people on site, that’s a great number of local jobs.”

The village is being built in four stages. Stage one completion includes 1,000 rooms and key central facilities such as the kitchen, tavern, administration buildings and recreational spaces. Construction on stages two and three has already begun.

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Media enquiries: Kate McNamara 0418 277 911.

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 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.

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INPEX ANNOUNCES NEW ICHTHYS LNG PROJECT MANAGING DIRECTOR/news/media-releases/2013-/inpex-announces-new-ichthys-lng-project-managing-director.aspx2013-09-03T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2013-/inpex-announces-new-ichthys-lng-project-managing-director.aspx INPEX CORPORATION, Operator of the Ichthys LNG Project, has appointed Louis Bon as Managing Director Ichthys LNG Project.

Mr Bon succeeds Antoine Serceau, who will be returning to France after three years of excellent leadership at the helm of the Ichthys LNG Project.

Mr Bon comes to the Project with more than 30 years of international industry experience with TOTAL, where he has held a variety of senior management roles across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Prior to being seconded to the Project Mr Bon’s most recent position with TOTAL was Vice President Operations, with responsibility for world-wide field operations and drilling activities.

Previous senior roles with TOTAL included Project Director of Pazflor, a major offshore deep water development in Angola and Deputy Vice President Projects and Construction for all TOTAL exploration and production projects.

INPEX President Director Australia Seiya Ito said the company was delighted to have someone with Mr Bon’s extensive experience heading-up its flagship LNG development.

“Louis brings to the Ichthys LNG Project a combination of deep industry knowledge and global project management experience,” Mr Ito said.

“His proven record of successfully delivering major oil and gas projects around the world gives us great confidence and I look forward to working with him.”

In making the announcement Mr Ito acknowledged the outstanding contribution Mr Serceau had made to the Ichthys LNG Project.

“Antoine has been instrumental in leading the Project to date and has overseen the achievement of significant milestones, including the final investment decision, commencement of onshore works and first steel cutting for all major offshore facilities,” Mr Ito said.

“Louis will pick up on this excellent progress following a comprehensive hand-over period to ensure a seamless transition.”

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Media enquiries: Kate McNamara 0418 277 911.

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, Toho Gas and CPC1. 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.

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Transfer of the Ichthys LNG Project equity interest to CPC Corporation, Taiwan (1)/news/media-releases/2013-/transfer-of-the-ichthys-lng-project-equity-interest-to-cpc-corporation-taiwan-(1).aspx2013-06-27T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2013-/transfer-of-the-ichthys-lng-project-equity-interest-to-cpc-corporation-taiwan-(1).aspx INPEX CORPORATION (INPEX) is pleased to announce today that INPEX has reached agreement for INPEX Ichthys Pty Ltd and other project group companies to transfer a 2.625% of the Ichthys LNG Project equity interest(*) to CPC Corporation, Taiwan (CPC).

(*) the Ichthys LNG Project equity interest includes the following elements: 

  1. Participating interest in production licenses WA-50-L (Ichthys gas-condensate field) and WA-51-L 
  2. Participating interest in exploration permit WA-285-P (adjacent to WA-50-L) 
  3. Shares of Ichthys LNG Pty Ltd (a downstream company which owns LNG facilities, liquefies natural gas and does marketing LNG and liquids)

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INPEX Australia Launches Reconciliation Action Plan/news/media-releases/2013-/inpex-australia-launches-reconciliation-action-plan.aspx2013-06-19T00:00:00http://www.inpex.com.au/news/media-releases/2013-/inpex-australia-launches-reconciliation-action-plan.aspx INPEX Australia launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Darwin on Wednesday 19 June 2013 at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.  

The event celebrated INPEX’s public commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and featured live performances by Kenbi Sounds and a speech by INPEX Director Corporate Coordination Hitoshi Okawa. 

Speaking from Perth, INPEX President Director Australia Seiya Ito said the development of the RAP, which is a public document outlining measurable things the company will do to contribute to reconciliation, was a significant and timely step for INPEX given its growth as a business in Australia. He also said it was of personal importance.  

“During my time in Australia I have had the opportunity to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and have been encouraged by some of the similarities shared by our cultures, including our rich spiritual belief systems and great respect for our elders,” Mr Ito said.  

“At INPEX, our backgrounds and cultures are diverse, so we as a company respect and celebrate difference and individual experience, because we understand that this will contribute to our achievements and that success comes down to the team of people we have employed.  

“We believe that in developing this Reconciliation Action Plan we are creating an important opportunity to enjoy even greater shared success, especially in the way we can work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”  

INPEX’s RAP outlines the company’s aspirational plans, reconciliation vision and practical actions to build strong relationships and enhance equality and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. 

INPEX also launched its RAP in Perth on 31 May 2013. The company chose to have two events as part of its commitment to build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities wherever INPEX is active in Australia.

The INPEX Reconciliation Action Plan can be found on the company’s website: www.inpex.com.au

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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 29 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 group companies 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.

 

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