Ichthys central processing facility arrives in Australia
The Ichthys Explorer, the central processing facility for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG project, has reached her final destination in the Browse basin, 220 km (137 mi) offshore Western Australia.
The 5,600-km (3,480-mi) tow from theSamsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, to the Ichthys field took 34 days.
INPEX claims this is the world’s largest semisubmersible platform. The CPF weighs 120,000 metric tons (132,277 tons) and the topsides measures 130 m (427 ft) by 120 m (394 ft).
Once theIchthys Exploreris moored in 250 m (820 ft) of water, hook up and commissioning will begin.
The CPF is the central hub for initial offshore processing of all well fluids delivered from a 130-km (81-mi) network of subsea well infrastructure. Gas from the CPF will be sent though an890-km (553-mi) subsea pipeline to the onshore LNG facility, at Bladin Point, near Darwin for processing.
Most condensate and water from the CPF will be transferred to the nearby FPSOIchthys Venturer.
Louis Bon, managing director, Ichthys project, said: “The Ichthys LNG project incorporates some of the world’s largest and most advanced offshore facilities with a continuous operating life of 40 years.”