The Ichthys LNG Project reached a major milestone on 27 July with the opening of the first offshore production well, marking the start of 40 years of operations of this gas and condensate field.
At full capacity, the offshore facilities are expected to produce 1600 million standard ft3/d of gas (285 000 boe/d) and 85 000 bpd of condensate. The gas will be exported to an onshore LNG plant, which will produce 8.9 million tpy of LNG for supplying the Asian market, and approximately 1.65 million tpy of LPG, as well as an additional 15 000 bpd of condensate.
"The start-up of production on Ichthys is a major achievement. Ichthys will be an important addition to Total’s portfolio in the fast growing LNG market and will also contribute to the Group’s production and cash flow growth in the coming years”, commented Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total.
The project consists of the development of the Ichthys gas and condensate field offshore northwestern Australia and a 889 km gas pipeline together with an onshore LNG plant near Darwin in the Northern Territory.
The offshore facilities consist of a subsea well development connected to a central processing facility (CPF) for gas treatment and a floating processing, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for condensate.
Onshore installations consist of two LNG trains and facilities for the extraction and the export of LPGs and condensate.
Total holds a 30% stake in the Ichthys LNG project, alongside INPEX (operator, 62.245%) and CPC Corp., Taiwan (2.625%), Tokyo Gas (1.575%), Osaka Gas (1.2%), Kansai Electric Power (1.2%), JERA (0.735%) and Toho Gas (0.42%).
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