Japan’s Inpex on Friday celebrated the naming of the massive offshore facilities destined for the Ichthys gas field in Australia.
The naming ceremony for the Ichthys offshore platform was held at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.
According to Inpex, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop officially named the Project’s central processing facility “Ichthys Explorer.”
Also, Inpex said, former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory of Australia Clare Martin officially named the Project’s floating production, storage and offloading facility “Ichthys Venturer” at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard.
The Central Processing Platform (CPF) and the FPSO will be important parts for the development of the Ichthys gas field located offshore Western Australia.
The facilities will be permanently moored for 40 years of operation in the Ichthys field, in the Timor Sea about 220 kilometers off the Western Australian coast.
Gas will undergo initial processing on the CPF to extract condensate and water, and remove impurities in order to make the gas suitable for transmission. Most condensate will be transferred from the CPF to the nearby FPSO for offshore processing, with the remainder sent to Darwin with the gas via the Project’s 890 kilometer gas export pipeline.
More condensate will be extracted from the gas at the onshore plant in Darwin. Once in the field, the FPSO and CPF will be linked by an electric cable, allowing power supply to flow from each facility as a contingency measure as required.