Ichthys LNG Project Begins Gas Exports

Source: press release, 23 October 2018

Ichthys LNG will develop reserves of more than 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent located offshore Western Australia
Ichthys LNG will develop reserves of more than 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent located offshore Western Australia (illustration: Total)

Total has announced that the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Ichthys LNG has left Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia, following the production start-up at the end of July.

The Ichthys field and its offshore production facilities are located approximately 220 km off the coast of Western Australia. Two offshore facilities anchored in 250 metres of water and supplied by a subsea production network operate in tandem: a semi-submersible platform (CPF, Central Processing Facility) for gas treatment, linked to an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) facility for condensate production and export.

Ichthys LNG will develop reserves of more than 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent located offshore Western Australia, including around 500 million barrels of condensate. At full capacity, the offshore facilities and the two-train onshore liquefaction plant will supply 8.9 million tons per year (Mt/y) of LNG and 1.65 Mt/y of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), along with 100,000 barrels of condensate per day.

An 890-km-long subsea gas pipeline connects the CPF to the liquefaction plant near Darwin. LNG is currently being produced from the first liquefaction train, with the second train expected to start up as well in the coming weeks.

Ichthys LNG is led by INPEX (operator, 62.245%) alongside major partner Total (30%) and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), Osaka Gas (1.2%), Kansai Electric Power (1.2%), JERA (0.735%) and Toho Gas (0.42%).