An INPEX spokesperson told The Australian Pipeliner that major works remaining on the project include the sail-away from Korea to the Ichthys Field of the large floating central processing facility and the floating production, storage and offloading facility, hook-up and commissioning activities as well as the arrival of the last modules for the Project’s onshore construction site in Darwin.
The recent completion of the project’s offshore pipelay for its 890 km, 1,060 mm diameter gas export pipeline, the longest subsea pipeline in the southern hemisphere, was an important step in connecting the onshore plant near Darwin to the Ichthys field.
Approximately 1,600 staff were involved in the offshore component of the pipeline, with another 2,000 involved at the coating yard.
Pigging on the pipeline is scheduled to take place roughly every five years.
Joint venture interests in the Ichthys LNG Poject 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 (0.42 per cent).
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