Ichthys starts topside integration

INPEX Corporation Representative Director, President and CEO Toshiaki Kitamura in front of the Ichthys FPSO facility following a ceremony for its first topside module lift in South Korea.

INPEX Corporation Representative Director, President and CEO Toshiaki Kitamura in front of the Ichthys FPSO facility following a ceremony for its first topside module lift in South Korea.

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project has lifted the first topside modules onto the hulls of its two major offshore facilities.

The lifts mark the start of the topsides integration phase for the central processing facility (CPF) and the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, involving the hull and topsides for each facility coming together as single, connected structures for the first time.

Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon said the CPF and FPSO topside module lifts, which are the first in a sequence, were a major step towards the completion of the two world-class, semi-submersible facilities.

“These module lifts on our CPF and FPSO mark the start of the topsides integration phase for the Ichthys LNG Project’s offshore facilities, which is a very important progression,” Mr Bon said.

“These are some of the biggest and most sophisticated facilities of their kind in the world, so it also very exciting for everyone involved seeing the hulls and topsides being connected.”

Once complete, the CPF and FPSO will be towed 5,600 k to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia, where they will be moored permanently for the life of the project.

Gas and some condensate from the CPF will be sent through an 889 km gas export pipeline to the Project’s onshore LNG facilities in Darwin.

Stabilised condensate from the FPSO will periodically be offloaded to shuttle carriers for export directly to market.

The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX, major partner Total and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.

The project is expected to enter commissioning in 2016.

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