Gargantuan CPF starts sail away to Ichthys

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The Ichthys Explorer, the world’s largest semi-submersible platform, has sailed from its construction site in Goeje, South Korea for the six-week journey to the Ichthys Field offshore Western Australia.
This follows completion of shipyard commissioning and preparation work on the 120,000 tonne central processing facility which boasts topsides measuring 130 * 120 metres and living quarters for up to 200 people.
The Ichthys Explorer will be towed to the Ichthys Field, located 200km off the northwest coast of Australia, and on arrival is scheduled to undergo hook-up. The facility will be permanently moored in 250m deep water by 28 anchor chains with about 25,000 tonnes of mooring chain used to secure it so the seabed.
The Explorer has been moored in a cyclone area and is built to withstand a 10,000 year weather event. It will separate condensate and water from the gas, which will be transported through the world’s longest gas export pipeline in the Southern Hemisphere, at 890km, to the Ichthys LNG plant under construction near Darwin.
The Explorer has been designed to operate for 40-years.
The Ichthys Venturer, the Project’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, is also scheduled to be towed to the Ichthys Field and undergo hook-up.
Inpex said in a statement that the project was scheduled to begin production of condensate, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in sequence this current fiscal year, ending March 31, 2018.

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