Contract let for hook-up services for Ichthys LNG project

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. has let a contract to Perth-based engineering firm Clough Ltd. for hook-up services on the Ichthys LNG project’s central processing facility (CPF) offshore Western Australia.

Partners in the Inpex Corp.-operated Ichthys LNG-condensate project last year reported a 9-month delay to start of production from the project, which will have a pipeline connection to an LNG plant in Darwin (OGJ Online, Sept. 14, 2015). Inpex said the project will now come on stream in third-quarter 2017. Inpex also reported a 10% cost overrun over original estimates.

Clough’s contract includes preparation and execution of the offshore hook-up activities and assistance to commissioning programs. The CPF will be the world’s largest semisubmersible platform with topsides weighing 70,000 tonnes. The unit will be stationed near Ichthys gas-condensate field about 200 km offshore Kimberley.

Clough’s work will begin in the next 2 months with the mobilization of engineering and technical teams to the Samsung fabrication yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the CPF is being built.

Project management will be directed from Clough’s Perth office in Western Australia with technical support from the company’s Korean joint venture CloughCoens.

Cough has already been involved with the Ichthys project, having delivered the LNG jetty contract in Darwin and a module offloading facility. The company also is executing an integrated project management services contract for the development.

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