Japan’s Inpex Corporation said it completed the commissioning of the Ichthys LNG project’s central processing facility (CPF) Ichthys Explorer, required for production start-up.
This milestone marks the completion of the necessary commissioning of all key onshore and offshore facilities for production start-up, Inpex said in a statement on Wednesday.
The project is scheduled to commence production of gas from the wellhead upon conducting final safety verifications, and will thereafter proceed with the shipment of cargoes towards the end of the first half of the current fiscal year ending in September 2018, the company said.
To remind, the project has been delayed several times and the latest update in March from Inpex said that the CPF would complete trial operations in April-May, and start gas production.
Inpex did not specify then when it expected to start shipping LNG and condensate.
The Ichthys LNG project is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG at peak annually, with up to 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
The project is a joint venture between Inpex, major partner Total, Taiwan’s CPC Corporation and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.
LNG World News Staff