INPEX has celebrated an important milestone, with the company recording the 200th liquified natural gas (LNG) export from the Ichthys LNG onshore facilities in the Northern Territory.
The Energy Advance safely departed Darwin Harbour on Sunday afternoon bound for China and Japan, with the cargo loaded with 145,000m3 of LNG.
Tug contractor Svitzer celebrated the occasion with a spray ceremony, creating a rainbow in the mist as the cargo left the harbour.
“Since start up, 345 cargoes have been safely exported to customers around the globe, including 54 LPG, 34 plant condensate and 57 field cargoes,” INPEX outlined in a LinkedIn post.
Former INPEX managing director of Ichthys, and now senior strategy advisor at the company, Louis Bon, thanked all of the contractors that helped make it happen.
“This milestone and every single Ichthys cargo is a reminder of the success of the teams, project and operations, and all others, all cultures, origins and nationalities, in getting these facilities off the ground and running them,” Bon said in his comment.
Ichthys LNG onshore process facilities, located at Bladin Point near Darwin, cool gas from the Ichthys field and transform it into liquid for transport, which then arrives in Darwin via an 890km gas export pipeline.
The Ichthys field is 220km offshore Western Australia and 820km southwest of Darwin, and covers an area of around 800km2 in water averaging depths of around 250m. It is estimated to contain more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas and 500 million barrels of condensate.
The facilities are a joint venture between INPEX group companies (the operator), major partner Total, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.