Inpex: Ichthys LNG Project Preparing for Production Start-Up

Inpex: Ichthys LNG Project Preparing for Production Start-Up
Inpex Corporation (Inpex) announces that its operated Ichthys LNG project is preparing for production start-up.

Inpex Corporation (Inpex) announced Wednesday that its operated Ichthys LNG project is preparing for production start-up.

The Japanese exploration and production company revealed that an inspection “mainly on” electrical equipment has been carried out at the project during the process of final safety verifications “in preparation for the start-up of production”.

Following “additional verifications concerning the electrical equipment”, the project is scheduled to commence output, and will then begin the shipment of products towards the end of the first half of the current fiscal year, Inpex said in a company statement.

The project has already completed the necessary commissioning of all key onshore and offshore facilities for production start-up, Inpex confirmed.

“While the project’s activity schedule going forward may fluctuate depending on weather conditions at the worksites, preparation activities and other factors, Inpex will continue to work towards the success of the Ichthys LNG project with the understanding and cooperation of all its stakeholders, including the project’s joint venture participants, the local communities, the Australian Federal Government and the governments of Western Australia and the Northern Territory,” Inpex said in a statement posted on its website.

In a statement posted on Inpex Australia’s Twitter page on July 6, the company said it had had a “productive morning discussing trade, investment, and econonic benefits of the Ichthys LNG project” with Julie Bishop MP, the Australian minister for Foreign Affairs Canberra.



Located about 136 miles offshore Western Australia, Ichthys represents the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years, according to Inpex’s website, which states that the total cost for the project is $34 billion.

The Ichthys field is estimated to hold more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas and 500 million barrels of condensate, according to Inpex.

The Ichthys LNG project is a joint venture between Inpex group companies, Total, CPC Corporation Taiwan and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.


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BARRY N YOUNG  |  July 12, 2018
I was the lead Inpex materials engineer during the FEED phase of the Ichthys project in Amec's offices London. Strangely I can half recall issues wrt to electrical equipment certification compliance to the applicable certifying bodies at that stage. From a materials engineering aspect it was a very interesting project due its 40 year design life.I also recall quite a few good brits and aussie engrs falling foul of the Total 'french connection'. A great project however which deserves to be successful.
Vasant deo  |  July 11, 2018
It is interesting to hear about Ichthys project I was Lead Automation from Wood Group Mustang on their offshore portion supporting SHI who were EPC for the platform We worked very hard for two years with my team of 15 engineers and Yokogawa team TOTAL engineers were rather difficult during the execution ( hence they were later fired ) My team was in Singapore helping in programming I am very proud of them There were few good guys from SHI Rather difficult but challenging project Great help to Australia and Japan SHI lead Automation was also difficult