One of the world’s biggest and most extensive oil and gas projects continues to power towards start-up. Thanks to Icthys operator Inpex and photographer Shaana McNaught (module delivery images) we thought we would bring you a pictorial update on some of the recent project milestones.
ICHTHYS project developer INPEX had a busy September with two key milestones reached in the construction phase of the world-class northern Australian LNG project.
Within days of each other Inpex and its Ichthys partners celebrated the arrival of the final three modules required to complete construction of the project’s onshore processing facilities in Darwin and the successful start-up of the main power generators for the offshore Central Processing Facility (CPF) in the South Korean shipyard where it is being built.
The three onshore modules, which were floated in aboard the Dockwise-owned Forte heavy-lift vessel were constructed in the STP&I Fabrication Yard in Thailand.
They will now be connected with other modules to complete the two LNG processing trains on site.
Ichthys Project managing director Louis Bon said the safe arrival of the last modules marked a key milestone in the development of a very complex and challenging project.
“In total, 230 modules have arrived from the Project’s four fabrication yards in Thailand, China and the Philippines.
The team has done an outstanding job in shipping them to Darwin and safely installing them onsite,” he said.
“This is particularly impressive, given some modules weighed in excess of 5500 tonnes and measured more than 90 metres long.
For the past two years, pre-fabricated modules have regularly sailed through Darwin Harbour on their way to the Project’s module offloading facility (MOF) at Bladin Point.
Mr Bon said the arrival of the last modules signified the Project had entered the final phase of construction and the focus would now move to testing, commissioning and start-up.
“The significance of this milestone cannot be over-stated—the modules are key components of the Project’s processing facilities, which will eventually produce up to 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum.
“The Ichthys LNG Project will create opportunities and deliver significant long- term benefits for Australia during its forty years of operations.”
Offshore facility milestone
Meanwhile, in the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, Korea, the Ichthys CPF’s three generators run by 25 megawatt dual-fuel gas turbines energised the facility’s distribution network.
The CPF milestone followed the FPSO’s main turbo-generators being successfully started up in late July at the nearby Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard in Okpo.
Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon said this achievement signalled commissioning was well underway for the two facilities.
“Starting up the main generators of the FPSO and CPF allows the commissioning to further progress by providing the required power for both massive offshore facilities,” he said.
Following the successful firing of the main power generation units, the focus will now be on load testing, synchronisation and commissioning of the power distribution systems for both offshore facilities.
This will allow the permanent utilities on board each facility to be made fully available.
The CPF and FPSO will be permanently moored for 40 years of operation in the Ichthys field, located in the Timor Sea about 220 km off the WA coast.