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Inpex completes final topsides lift for Ichthys LNG project FPSO

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Inpex has released a statement claiming that the last topsides lift has been completed on the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility for the Ichthys LNG project. The operation commenced in April 2015, and was successfully completed in early May 2016 with the final addition of a 450 t water treatment package.

The lift was carried out in the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) yard in Okpo, South Korea, and marks a significant milestone in the integration phase for the project’s offshore facilities. The modules, pipe racks and equipment packages have now been lifted onto the FPSO’s hull.

Louis Bon, the Ichthys Project Managing Director, said: “We are very proud that all heavy lifts, some weighing up to 4800 t, have been completed safely and with incredible precision.”

Once the facility has been completed, it will towed 5600 nautical miles to the Ichthys Field, which is located in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia. Once there, it will commence offshore hook up, commissioning and start-up. It will remain permanently moored to the seabed at the field for 40 years, and will be situated approximately 3.5 km from the project’s central processing facility (CPF). The FPSO is 336 m by 59 m, and is capable of holding over 1 million barrels of condensate in its hull. 200 workers will be based onboard.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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