Two-month de­lay for Ichthys gas

Broome Advertiser - - News - Peter Williams

Inpex has an­nounced another de­lay at the Ichthys liq­ue­fied na­tional gas project, push­ing back a pro­duc­tion start-up by at least two months.

The Ja­panese op­er­a­tor had set a March 30 tar­get to be­gin pro­duc­tion at the $US37 bil­lion project, it­self a six-month post­pone­ment of a pre­vi­ous goal.

Inpex last week said it ex­pected to com­plete com­mis­sion­ing of the cen­tral pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity off the Kim­ber­ley and be­gin pro­duc­ing gas be­tween April and May.

“There­after, the project will be­gin the pro­duc­tion and ship­ment of con­den­sate, liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas and liq­ue­fied petroleum gas in se­quence,” the com­pany said in a state­ment.

Com­mis­sion­ing had been com­pleted of the first pro­duc­tion train on­shore near Dar­win, the off­shore float­ing, pro­duc­tion, stor­age and of­fload­ing ves­sel, and sub­sea pro­duc­tion sys­tems.

Inpex said the project’s sched­ule might fluc­tu­ate de­pend­ing on weather, prepa­ra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and other fac­tors.

The com­pany said ex­pected rev­enue would be fac­tored into its March 2019 fi­nan­cial re­sults.

Inpex’s Ichthys LNG Project in the Browse Basin, north of Broome.

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