Inpex advised that Ichthys Explorer the world’s largest semi-submersible has reached the Browse Basin, its final destination, at about 450 km north of Broome in the Kimberley region, in Western Australia. Ichthys Explorer, the Ichthys Project Central Processing Facility is a column-stabilised, offshore semi-submersible production unit supporting hydrocarbon processing systems and utilities, as well as living quarters for about 200 people. Constructed in South Korea at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, it is the world’s largest semi-submersible platform. It weights around 120,000 tons, with topsides measuring 130 meters x 120 meters (427 feet x 394 feet). The semi-submersible sailed away from Geoje in South Korea by the end of April. It will now undergo hookup and will be permanently moored for the life of the project by 28 mooring lines, representing more than 25,000 tonnes of anchor chain.
Inpex discovered the giant Ichthys gas field in 2000, it represents the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years. The Project is expected to produce 8.9 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with more than 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. Gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field will be exported to onshore facilities for processing near Darwin via an 890 kilometre pipeline. Most condensate will be directly shipped to global markets from a floating production, storage and offloading facility permanently. (Source and image: Inpex)