Ichthys LNG gi­ant on move

Broome Advertiser - - News - Peter Milne

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.

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