Central processing facility
At the centre of the Project’s offshore development in the Browse Basin is the Ichthys LNG Project’s large, floating central processing facility (CPF). All future production will be processed through this floating giant.
The CPF is a column-stabilised, offshore semi-submersible production unit supporting hydrocarbon processing systems and utilities, as well as living quarters for about 200 people.
Natural gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field's subsea wells will undergo initial processing on the CPF to extract condensate and water and remove impurities in order to make the gas suitable for transmission to Darwin via the 890 kilometre gas export pipeline [GEP].
Most of the condensate will be transferred to the nearby floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) for offshore processing, with the remainder sent to Darwin with the gas via the GEP.
The Ichthys Project’s CPF - Ichthys Explorer - is the world’s largest semi-submersible platform. It was constructed in South Korea at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard before being towed about 6,000 kilometres to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia.
It is now permanently moored near the Field for the life of the Project by 28 mooring lines, representing more than 25,000 tonnes of anchor chain.