Inpex: Ichthys LNG moves ahead, new civil works contracts awarded

Construction works on the Ichthys LNG’s onshore facilities are progressing as the project operator Inpex informed in its monthly update on Thursday. 

The Japanese company revealed that two new work packages at the project’s construction site at Bladin Point near Darwin have been awarded to Laing O’Rourke Australia and Territoria Civil.

The Australian unit of the UK-based construction company Laing O’Rourke, secured an A$200 million package to deliver a range of miscellaneous civil finishing works including concrete pavements, hand railings and foundation works.

Territoria Civil won an A$80 million package to deliver roads and paving works including asphalt laying and permanent traffic signage.

Inpex also noted that the installation of the 40,000 tons of mooring chains that will keep the Ichthys LNG’s offshore processing facilities in place is scheduled for completion by the end of May 2016.

The central processing facility and the floating, production, storage and offloading facility that had its flare tower installed in February will be held in place by 77 kilometers of mooring chains.

The Ichthys project’s FPSO flare tower installation, at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo South Korea.
The Ichthys project’s FPSO flare tower installation, at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo South Korea.

During February, the installation of the project’s 140 kilometers of rigid subsea flowlines has been completed. Also in February, the project completed the reinforced concrete roofs for both of its onshore LNG storage tanks at the facility.

The project was initially scheduled for start-up at the end of this year, however, in September last year, Inpex delayed the production start-up of its $34 billion project for the third quarter of 2017, raising the production 6 percent from 8.4 mtpa to 8.9 mtpa of LNG.

The Ichthys project is a joint venture between Inpex, major partner Total, CPC Corporation and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.

 

LNG World News Staff

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