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Ichthys LNG completes dredging

LNG Industry,

INPEX Corp. said that the dredging programme for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project in Darwin Harbour, Australia was completed on schedule.

The programme began in 2012 and its objective was to dredge and dispose of more than 16 million m3 of rock and sand from the harbour in order to create a deep shipping channel and berthing area for large LNG, LPG and condensate carriers servicing LNG processing facilities at Bladin Point near Darwin.

A separate dredging programme for the Ichthys LNG project’s gas export pipeline was also completed last month.

International dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects contractor Van Oord led the programme using some of the world’s largest and most powerful dredging equipment.

Dredging integral to project

Harutoshi Usui, the INPEX Dredging Manager said: “Without dredging, the project would not have been able to progress marine construction work on the module offloading facility and jetty, which are critical pieces of onshore infrastructure.

“The dredging campaign was also our most visible piece of work in Darwin and an opportunity to show that we could meet our commitments to the community, including environment and heritage commitments. At the peak of the dredging campaign we had more than 300 people working on the programme, as well as a range of local businesses including subcontractors for auxiliary marine equipment, workshop, welders, catering, accommodation and transport.”

At the end of July, the Ichthys LNG project announced the completion of its Accommodation Village at Howard Springs.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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