Saipem completes long-distance Ichthys pipelay

Offshore staff

TOKYO – Saipem has completed laying the 890-km (553-mi), 42-in. gas export pipeline serving the Ichthys LNG project offshore northern Australia.

This is the longest subsea pipeline in the Southern Hemisphere and the third longest subsea pipeline in the world, according to operator INPEX.

The pipeline will take gas from the offshore Ichthys gas/condensate field to onshore facilities at Bladin Point near Darwin for processing.

Louis Bon, managing director Ichthys Project, said: “It means we are one step closer to physically connecting our onshore plant near Darwin to the Ichthys field where our offshore facilities will be permanently moored for the 40-year life of the project.”

Saipem started the program in mid-2014, using its lay barges SEMAC and Castorone.  

INPEX will conduct other work on the pipeline in preparation for operational start-up.


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