The final onshore modules have arrived at the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG Project.
The three modules are required to complete construction of the LNG project’s onshore processing facilities in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
The modules, which are very large assemblies of structural, piping and mechanical equipment, will be connected with other modules to complete the two LNG processing trains on site. These trains will liquefy gas transported to Bladin Point, Darwin, via an 890 km gas export pipeline from the Ichthys Field off the West Australian coast.
Louis Bon, Ichthys Project Managing Director, said: “In total, 230 modules have arrived from the project’s four fabrication yards in Thailand, China and the Philippines. The team has done an outstanding job in shipping them to Darwin and safely installing them onsite […] This is particularly impressive, given some modules weighed in excess of 5500 t and measured more than 90 m long.
“Mastering the design and fabrication of the modules in huge yards overseas and then shipping them to site is critical for the efficient and effective delivery of such a large and complex project […] Overall, the project’s onshore facilities were designed so that some elements are modularised and others are stick-built onsite in Darwin.”
The LNG project’s module offloading facility (MOF) at Bladin Point enables the safe delivery of large modules and oversized equipment, too large to be transported to site by road.
Self-propelled modular transporters with more than 400 axle lines were used to move the modules to their final location on the Bladin Point site.
With the delivery of the final three modules, the LNG project has now entered the final phase of construction and the focus will now shift to testing, commissioning and start-up.
Mr Bon added: “The significance of this milestone cannot be over-stated — the modules are key components of the project’s processing facilities, which will eventually produce up to 8.9 million tpy of LNG and 1.6 million tpy of LPG […] The Ichthys LNG Project will create opportunities and deliver significant long-term benefits for Australia during its forty years of operations."
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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