Ichthys LNG giant gears up for first production
The $US37 billion Ichthys LNG project is on track to start up next March as its two giant vessels moored about 200km off the Kimberley are readied for production.
Toshiaki Kitamura, chief executive of operator Inpex, told analysts in Tokyo this week that the first production of condensate, LNG and LPG would meet the target of March 2018 and shipments would follow after that.
The project had a difficult start to the year. Contractors building the power plant and the LNG tanks walked off the Darwin LNG site in January and March, respectively, and in April first production was pushed back six months.
Now the offshore central processing facility, the Ichthys Explorer, and the floating production and storage facility Ichthys Venturer (pictured with the crane ship Jascon 25) are undergoing hook-up and commissioning after 6000km tows from South Korea.