Namely, as Reuters reported, the problems regarded the suitability of electrical equipment in dangerous areas. The inspection has not concluded so NOPSEMA did not provide any further details.

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Enforcement steps that could be taken involve the issue of improvement notices, prohibition notices regarding a specific activity, as well as civil and criminal prosecutions for major breaches.

Due to these issues, Ichthys was not able to start operations during June, as it was planned. As a NOPSEMA spokeswoman told Reuters, Inpex delayed introducing hydrocarbons to the platform to address the said deficiencies.

An Inpex spokeswoman did not provide a comment on the specific issues, but said that the problems found do not pose major challenges.

Ichthys will provide the city of Darwin with gas, via an 890-km (550-mile) pipeline. Once at Darwin, the gas will be turned into LNG for export.