TOKYO– The naming ceremonies for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project offshore facilities were held recently in South Korea.
At theSamsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. Julie Bishop MP officially named the project’s central processing facility (CPF) Ichthys Explorer.
At theDaewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Okpo, former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory of Australia the Hon. Clare Martin officially named the project’s FPSO facility Ichthys Venturer.
The CPF and FPSO will be permanently moored for 40 years of operation in theIchthys field, located in the Browse basin about 220 km (137 mi) offshore Western Australia.
The 130-m (427-ft) by 120-m (394-ft)Ichthys Explorer is said to be the world’s largest semisubmersible platform. The CPF will receive well fluids from a subsea gas gathering system, located at a water depth of approximately 250 m (820 ft), within the Ichthys gas/condensate field.
Most liquids will be transferred from theIchthys Explorer to the 336-m (1,102-ft) long Ichthys Venturer for offshore processing and condensate offloading.
TheIchthys Explorerwill be linked to the onshore production facilities via the longest subsea pipeline in the Southern Hemisphere, 42 in. in diameter and 890 km (553 mi) in length.