Ichthys LNG project begins gas exports

The Ichthys Explorer central processing facility
The Ichthys Explorer central processing facility

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

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.

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%).

The project involves two offshore floating platforms, a subsea pipeline to the LNG plant and an onshore liquefaction plant.

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