The second of the Ichthys LNG project’s two floating facilities arrived in North West waters today.
The floating production, storage and offloading facility, called the Ichthys Venturer, was towed from its construction site in South Korea to the project’s gas field about 220km off the Kimberley.
It will be moored near the Inpex-led project’s central processing facility, the Ichthys Explorer, the which arrived in the gas field in May.
The 336m-long Venturer is the last of three offshore LNG giants to make the voyage to the Browse Basin from South Korea — Shell’s massive Prelude vessel reached its destination last month.
Once it is moored in the Ichthys Field, hook-up and commissioning activities will begin.
The Venturer was towed from its construction site in South Korea.The Ichthys Explorer central processing facility.Picture: supplied
The Venturer will process, stabilise and store condensate delivered from the Explorer before periodically offloading it to tankers for export.
“The Ichthys Venturer is one of the largest and most advanced offshore facilities of its kind in the world, and it can accommodate up to 200 people,” project managing director Louis Bon said.
“The FPSO has been designed to hold 1.12 million barrels of condensate and operate for 40 years in a cyclonic environment, setting new benchmarks for durability,” Mr Bon said.
Gas will be piped about 900km from the Explorer to Ichthys’ onshore processing plant in Darwin.
The maiden LNG shipment is expected by next March.
The Prelude project will be fired up 475 kilometres north-east of Broome, ready to liquefy natural gas straight from the ocean floor and ship it around the world.