Powering up at Ichthys

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility (CPF) and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility have safely started their main power generators.

Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon said this achievement signalled commissioning was well underway for the two facilities.

“Starting up the main generators of the FPSO and CPF allows the commissioning to further progress by providing the required power for both massive offshore facilities,” said Mr Bon.

“These milestones have been safely reached thanks to the highest safety standards being implemented on the Project and the technical skills of teams on site and supporting from Perth.

“Following the successful firing of the main power generation units, the focus will now be on load testing, synchronisation and commissioning of the power distribution systems for both offshore facilities.

“This will allow the permanent utilities on board each facility to be made fully available.”

The Ichthys LNG Project comprises an onshore LNG processing plant, offshore processing facilities, condensate storage, a 500 MW combined-cycle power plant and an 889 km, 1,050 mm diameter offshore pipeline.

The project will develop gas from the Ichthys gas field, located in permit WA-285-P in the Browse Basin, approximately 200 km offshore northwest Australia.

Joint venture interests in the project are INPEX (63.445 per cent), TOTAL (30 per cent), CPC (2.625 per cent), Tokyo Gas (1.575 per cent), Osaka Gas (1.2 per cent), Chubu Electric (0.735 per cent) and Toho Gas (0.420 per cent).

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