Intergraph SmartPlant Selected for Ichthys LNG Project (Australia)
Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise has been selected by INPEX, operator of the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia. INPEX has implemented SmartPlant Enterprise solutions for the Ichthys LNG Project, including SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO) as its information management system, SmartPlant 3D and SmartMarine® 3D (collectively known as Smart 3D), SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID and SmartPlant Electrical.
The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX and Total, Tokyo Gas and other participants. Gas from the Ichthys field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The condensate will be pumped to the FPSO facility anchored nearby, from which it will be transferred to tankers for delivery to markets. The gas will be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889-kilometer subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. The operational life of the facilities will be approximately 40 years, with the offshore facilities staying on station continuously, making it a huge and complex project. INPEX sought to eliminate the handover state and its associated costs by better information management throughout the Ichthys LNG Project development.
“Intergraph technology combined with our drive towards consolidating our handover documentation in the Intergraph environment is fundamental to delivering our vision of an integrated information management system with a single point of access,” said Conor Walker , Operations Director of the Ichthys LNG Project. “We anticipate an expanded role for Intergraph tools as the project progresses into the operating phase, leveraging from the increasing volume of data held in the engineering data warehouse, which has been built on the SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators platform.”
Gerhard Sallinger , Intergraph Process, Power & Marine President , said, “The Ichthys LNG Project is a prime example of world-class projects in Australia attracting strong investment in the region, driving continued growth locally. Intergraph remains committed to supporting our customers in Australia and around the world with our innovative engineering solutions and services. SmartPlant Enterprise will deliver enhanced safety, quality and productivity to INPEX for this mega-project.”
Leading plant owners choose SPO to enable them to rapidly implement Intergraph’s preconfigured business processes to support both CAPEX and OPEX phases of the plant life cycle. SPO is specifically designed for asset owners to enhance plant safety, reliability and interoperability, while ensuring information integrity across the owner operator system landscape.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering design solutions for industry according to its “Engineering Design Tools for Industry and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2016.”
Press Release, December 19, 2012; Image: INPEX