The Ichthys LNG Project has commenced production of gas from the wellhead.
The Ichthys LNG Project is a large-scale LNG project led by Japan’s INPEX Corp. (operator, participating interest: 62.245%), alongside major partner TOTAL (participating interest: 30%) and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation, Taiwan (participating interest: 2.625%), Tokyo Gas (participating interest: 1.575%), Osaka Gas (participating interest: 1.2%), Kansai Electric Power (participating interest: 1.2%), JERA (participating interest: 0.735%) and Toho Gas (participating interest: 0.42%).
The produced gas will be gathered within the Central Processing Facility (Ichthys Explorer) where it will be separated into gases and liquids. Thereafter, the liquids will be piped to the nearby floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) facility (Ichthys Venturer) while the gases will be transported via the 553-mi. (890-km) long gas export pipeline to the onshore gas liquefaction plant at Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.
At the FPSO, the condensate contained in the well fluids will be processed to remove water and other impurities, then stored in tanks prior to export by tankers. At the onshore gas liquefaction plant, gases will be processed to remove impurities after which any remaining condensate will be extracted. The gases will then be separated and liquefied to produce liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas.