Inpex lets subsea contract for Ichthys gas, LNG project

Inpex Australia has let a 5-year, subsea and geoscience services contract to Dutch multinational services firm Fugro NV for operations on Inpex’s Ichthys natural gas-LNG project in the Browse basin, 220 km offshore Western Australia.

The award includes field operations support, inspection, repair, and maintenance services. There are options to extend.

Fugro will provide all services from its Perth office.

Inpex has now completed installation of the subsea infrastructure for gas-condensate extraction from Ichthys field with the final 49 km of umbilicals and flying leads laid late last week.

The field is scheduled to be brought on stream in September. It will then ramp up to an expected peak LNG production of 8.9 million tonnes/year alongside 1.6 million tpy of LPG and more than 100,000 b/d of condensate.

The overall facilities comprise offshore processing capacity and condensate storage near the field, an 889-km, 1,050-mm pipeline to Darwin, a 500-Mw combined-cycle power plant, and an onshore LNG plant in Darwin.

Inpex is operator with 63.445%. Total SA has 30%, CPC of China 2.625%, Tokyo Gas 1.575%, Osaka Gas 1.2%, Chubu Electric 0.735%, and Toho Gas 0.420%.

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