Ichthys at a glance

Ichthys LNG Project

Ichthys at a glance gives you a quick overview of the key facts of our Ichthys LNG Project.

What is the Ichthys LNG Project?

Located about 220 kilometres offshore Western Australia, Ichthys represents the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years. The Ichthys LNG Project is currently in construction and is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world. The Ichthys LNG Project is effectively three mega-projects rolled into one, involving some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, a state-of-the-art onshore processing facility and an 890 km pipeline uniting them for an operational life of at least 40 years.

Next: Project phases

Project Phases

All oil and gas projects go through a series of stages or phases – descriptions in a common language on where a project may be at any given time. These phases include acquisition, exploration, drilling, development and production.

Next: Production
Completed Phase 1:


A license or block is an area where a country (or a land owner) grants the right of exploration and/or production to a company. Following early studies or technical evaluations of areas that might have the potential for hydrocarbons (oil, gas, condensate), a company negotiates a bid to acquire the license or block.

Completed Phase 2:


Exploration means looking for hydrocarbons; appraisal is about then verifying the size of the discovery. Exploration activities include studying structural geology (at the reservoir scale), sedimentary basin analysis, reservoir characterisation (mainly in terms of porosity and permeable structures).

Completed Phase 3:


Once the reserves and risks of a project pass a company’s internal criteria, they drill an exploration well. Appraisal wells are drilled if a company finds a successful exploration well – determining the real extent and volume of the discovery. Understanding the value of the resource helps a company to make a financial decision to proceed.

Current Phase 4:


The development phase, sometimes known as the ‘execution phase’ is about the creation of production facilities. Once a decision has been made to proceed, companies begin engineering, designing, constructing, installing, commissioning and drilling to complete a series of production/injection wells.

Phase 5:


Production is about recovering hydrocarbons and transporting them by pipelines and carriers to refineries, before distribution to consumers. For the Ichthys LNG Project the production stage is expected to run for about 40 years, however most projects run several to 10 years. Production covers key areas like operations and maintenance.


tonnes of liquefied natural gas
(LNG) per annum

tonnes of liquified petroleum
gas (LPG) per annum

barrels of condensate
per day at peak

Next: Offshore facilities

Offshore facilities

Natural gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field's subsea wells will undergo preliminary processing on the large, floating central processing facility (CPF), which will be permanently moored near the Field.

Central processing facility

The CPF will extract condensate and water and remove impurities at the earliest opportunity to make the gas and some condensate suitable for transmission through the gas export pipeline.

Floating production, storage and offloading facility

Most condensate will be transferred from the CPF to the nearby floating production, storage and offloading facility for offshore processing.

Onshore facilities

The onshore processing facilities near Darwin will cool gas from the pipeline and transform it into liquid to reduce its volume for transport. Onshore facilities will include two LNG trains, LPG and condensate plants, product storage tanks, administration facilities, utilities and a jetty.

Bladin Point

A gas export pipeline will deliver gas and some condensate from the CPF to the onshore processing facilities at Bladin Point near Darwin so that it can be prepared for export.

Manigurr-ma Village

The fly-in fly-out construction workforce needed to complete the onshore facilities at Bladin Point will live in the purpose-built Manigurr-ma Village near Darwin that was opened in 2013.

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