Japan's Inpex Corporation announced Thursday that the company-operated Ichthys LNG Project in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia has reached a major milestone for its Central Processing Facility (CPF).
The first dry dock hull block erection was celebrated Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, where the CPF is being constructed.
The ceremony was attended by Inpex president Director Australia Seiya Ito and Ichthys Project Managing Director Louis Bon.
Speaking at the event, Ito said the ceremony was significant as it recognized the introduction of the first large hull block to the SHI floating dock, where the CPF will be constructed.
“The placement of the hull block marks the culmination of huge fabrication efforts since the first steel plates were cut in January last year,” he said.
“Successful delivery of the CPF is of great importance as it is the center of the Project’s offshore development, with all future production being processed through this facility."
“’Today’s event is another major step towards the completion of this world-class facility by late 2015, and a major step in the delivery of the Ichthys LNG Project – one of the world’s most exciting and challenging developments.”
The CPF is a very large floating facility that gathers natural gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field's subsea wells. Gas will undergo initial processing on the CPF, which will be permanently moored at the field, 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 floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) for offshore processing, with the remainder sent to Darwin with the gas via the 552 mile (889 kilometer) gas export pipeline.
Earlier this year on Feb. 19, a major milestone was reached for the FPSO when the Project celebrated its keel laying.
With topside dimensions of 492 feet (150 meters) by 360 feet (110 meters), the CPF will be the world’s largest semisubmersible platform. Once complete, it will be towed around 3,728 miles (6,000 kilometers) to the Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia.
Work is underway for all major Ichthys LNG Project facilities, including the Central Processing Facility, the FPSO, the subsea structures, flow lines and umbilicals, the Gas Export Pipeline, and the onshore LNG processing plant in Darwin.
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