The Inpex-led US$34 billion Ichthys LNG project has made significant progress during the 2016, with a number of milestones achieved during the year.
John Bramley, project director for JKC Australia LNG, the EPC contract for the project, noted that progress has been made across all scopes of work on the Ichthys project onshore LNG facilities.
“The project reached peak construction in the second half of 2016, with more than 8,000 workers on site each day,” Bramley said.
Reflecting on the milestones in 2016, Bramley noted that the 18 non-cryogenic storage tanks were completed in May, while the last of 230 pre-fabricated modules arrived at the site in September.
Construction of the LNG trains continues with mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation works taking place, he said.
The permanent operations facilities are nearing completion, signifying the beginning of the transition from construction to operations.
In late August, Inpex informed that the project reached 86 percent of completion. In November the project’s offshore and onshore sections of the pipeline have been welded together, declaring the 890 kilometer gas export pipeline ready to deliver gas from offshore Ichthys field to the project’s onshore facilities at Bladin Point near Darwin for processing.
Ichthys LNG project is scheduled to start production by the third quarter of 2017, and is set to have an annual LNG production capacity 8.9 mtpa.
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