On 17 July, the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility “Ichthys Venturer” sailed away from its construction site in Okpo, South Korea en route to Australia, after completion of commissioning and preparation work.
The 336 metre long ship-shaped, offshore facility began the 5,600 kilometre voyage that will take approximately one month to complete, from South Korea towards her ultimate destination in the Browse Basin, 220 kilometres off the north coast of Western Australia.
The FPSO has been designed to withstand cyclonic conditions and is among the largest and most advanced offshore facilities of its kind globally, according to Mr Louis Bon, Managing Director Ichthys Project. Ichthys Venturer has a storage capacity of 1.12 million barrels of condensate and will have a continuous operating life of 40 years.
The facility will be permanently moored in 250 metre deep waters, where it will undergo hook-up and commissioning, along with the Ichthys Explorer, the central processing facility (CPF) that arrived late May on the scene, located 3.5 kilometres away.
When operational, the FPSO will process and store condensate delivered from the Ichthys LNG Project’s CPF before periodically offloading this condensate to export carrier vessels.
You may watch Ichthys Venturer’s departure herebelow: