AQUALIS Offshore will provide position keeping services for the installation of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project floating production storage offloading vessel (FPSO) as part of a contract signed in June.

Under the contract, Aqualis will manage the position keeping procedure and provide position keeping masters during the offshore operations.

Aqualis will provide the services as a sub-supplier to POSH Terasea Offshore, who will manage the towage of the FPSO from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME) Okpo yard in South Korea to the Ichthys field offshore Australia, and the station keeping for the mooring process at the field, the company said.

Aqualis Offshore will manage and execute the project from its Singapore offices, from where the company recently provided technical support services to Petrofac.

Operated by INPEX, the Ichthys FPSO, which will be 336 metres long, will be permanently moored on a non-disconnectable turret for the life of the project, about 3.5 kilometres from the field’s central processing facility (CPF).

Aqualis Offshore Asia Pacific director Phil Lenox said managing the position keeping operation for floating facilities is one of the company’s core competencies.

“To be trusted with the position keeping role for the FPSO facility for the Ichthys LNG Project is a true honour. Our experienced mariners cannot wait to get started on working with this project.”

In addition, Aqualis won the contract to provide position keeping services for the installation of the Ichthys LNG project CPF.

Aqualis Offshore is part of Oslo-listed energy consultancy group Aqualis ASA.