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Ichthys hits milestone export

INPEX has celebrated its 300th cargo exported from the processing facilities at the Ichthys liquified natural gas (LNG) project in the Northern Territory.

The milestone also marks two years since the facility exported its first export cargo.

“To the Darwin community for helping us achieve 300 cargoes, to the 500 families supporting our Darwin operations, and to our community partners, contractors and local businesses, we share this success with you,” INPEX outlined in a LinkedIn post.

“With each LNG cargo, we are supporting a brighter future for Northern Territory communities, through jobs and economic benefits, across four decades.”

At the end of last month, the company reported that the Energy Advance safely departed Darwin Harbour carrying the 200th LNG export cargo from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG onshore facilities.

Tug contractor Svitzer celebrated the special occasion with a spray ceremony, creating an impressive rainbow in the mist.

Bound for Chiba, Japan, the Energy Advance was safely loaded with 145,000m3 of LNG over a 24-hour period.

Since start-up, 345 cargoes have been safely exported to customers around the globe, including 54 LPG, 34 plant condensate and 57 field cargoes.

The Ichthys field is 220km offshore Western Australia, covering an area of around 800 square kilometres in water averaging depths of around 250 metres. It is estimated to contain more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas and 500 million barrels of condensate.

Ichthys is a joint venture between INPEX group companies, major partner Total, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.

A final investment decision for Ichthys was reached in 2012 and production commenced in July 2018.