Ichthys LNG giant on move
The Ichthys Venturer, the third and final giant vessel which set sail from South Korea, is about three weeks away from Kimberley waters.
It left its Korean shipyard at 8am on July 16, according to vessel-tracking website MarineTraffic.
It reached a position about 30km south-east of the shipyard nine hours later for sea trails before starting the 220km journey to Australian waters.
The 336m-long floating production, storage and offloading facility for the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Okpo.
An Inpex spokeswoman confirmed construction was complete.
The Ichthys LNG Project comprises two massive vessels moored above the Ichthys field, 220km off WA, and an 890km-long pipeline to an 8.9 milliontonnes-a-year LNG plant near Darwin. The Ichthys Explorer, the project’s central processing facility, is already anchored in position above the Browse Basin.
It was built at Samsung Heavy Industry’s Geoje shipyard, about 20km from the DSME shipyard that built its sister vessel.
It left South Korea in late April and arrived in Australian waters a month later.
The Ichthys Venturer FPSO will be permanently moored 3.5km from the Ichthys Venturer CPF.
The FPSO will receive condensate from the CPF and load it on to tankers for export. It can store more than one million barrels of condensate.
First production from the Ichthys Project is scheduled to start in late March next year.
The Ichthys Venturer, the third and final giant vessel, sets sail from its Korean shipyard.