Expro picks up extension for Ichthys LNG work

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Oilfield services company Expro has secured a contract extension to supply well test and subsea services on the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project offshore Australia.

Expro said on Monday that it would continue to supply a high rate 175 mmscf/day well-testing package, which would include enhanced electronic emergency shutdown systems.

The company will also supply 7 3/8” high debris valves, developed as part of the Next Generation Landing String program, designed and tested to the industry’s new API 17G standard.

Mrinal Vohra, Expro’s region VP of Asia Pacific, said: “Since 2014, Expro has delivered a solid track record on the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG, completing 18 wells to date.”

Expro added that the work on the next phase of field development would begin in March 2020. The initial $50 million deal for work on Ichthys was signed in October 2014.

Ichthys field

Inpex is developing the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin off the north west coast of Western Australia to produce condensate offshore for export to markets in Japan and elsewhere, and export gas for further processing at the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Darwin.

Inpex is preparing to expand capacity with further development of the Ichthys field with approval granted for up to 50 wells across 12 – 15 drill centers.

Initial development wells were drilled and the Ichthys LNG offshore facilities were installed and commissioned from 2014 through to 2018. The assets started production in July 2018 and now routinely ship cargoes of condensate from the FPSO to international customers and send gas to the Darwin plant via the Gas Export Pipeline.

It is also worth noting that Inpex recently submitted its environment plan for the Ichthys development drilling campaign WA-50-L – Phase 2 to Australian regulator NOPSEMA. Also, the Japanese operator is preparing to undertake geotechnical and geophysical surveys at the field.


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