The INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility and FPSO facility have safely started up their main power generators in the South Korean shipyards where they are being constructed.
In the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, the CPF’s three generators run by 25 MW dual-fuel gas turbines energised the facility’s distribution network.
The CPF milestone followed the FPSO’s main turbo-generators being started up on 28 July 2016 at the nearby Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard in Okpo.
Ichthys Project Managing Director, Louis Bon, said this achievement signalled commissioning was well underway for the two facilities. “Starting up the main generators of the FPSO and CPF allows the commissioning to further progress by providing the required power for both massive offshore facilities. These milestones have been safely reached thanks to the highest safety standards being implemented on the Project and the technical skills of teams on site and supporting from Perth,” Mr Bon reported.
Following the successful firing of the main power generation units, the focus will now be on load testing, synchronisation and commissioning of the power distribution systems for both offshore facilities. This will allow the permanent utilities on board each facility to be made fully available. The CPF and FPSO will be permanently moored for 40 years of operation in the Ichthys Field.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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