The Kimberley, Western Australia is the closest mainland region to the Ichthys gas and condensate field, located around 450 kilometres from Broome.
Broome is an important support and logistics hub for the Ichthys LNG Project’s offshore works, including workforce helicopter transfers and logistics support.
INPEX Australia and the Project have worked with the Kimberley community over many years providing support in areas such as arts and culture, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives and education.
During the current phase, Project vessels are expected to make up to seven visits per week to the Port of Broome for service and supplies.
A dedicated INPEX Toll Mermaid Logistics Base has been established close to the Port of Broome to support the Project’s drilling program.
In the air
INPEX has contracted Bristow to move its offshore workers between Broome and the Ichthys Field where two rigs are drilling twenty production wells, and more than 30,000 tonnes of equipment is being installed on the seabed.
Eventually, up to 100 workers may be transported to the Field each day, with the same number travelling back to Broome on return flights.
Project helicopters travelling between Broome and the Field will regularly land at the Djarindjin-Lombadina airport for refuelling.
The Project has invested more than A$500,000 to support and improve the Djarindjin-Lombadina airport, including working with the Western Australian Government on a major upgrade that sealed the airstrip, expanded fuel facilities and shelters and installed an automated weather station.
The upgrades allow emergency evacuations to be made to the airport and have provided the community with a source of income, as well as a more reliable and accessible airstrip.