Laing O’Rourke is delivering the onshore LNG facilities accommodation village and a network of four massive cryogenic tanks for the $34 billion Ichthys LNG Project in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Ichthys Project will have an initial capacity to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG per annum and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, as well as approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
In partnership with global LNG tank specialist Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Laing O’Rourke will engineer, procure and construct the complex cryogenic tanks.
The contract is one of the largest and most critical packages within the Ichthys programme and the cryogenic tanks package consists of two 165,000m3 LNG tanks, one 85,000m3 propane tank and one 60,000m3 butane tank.
A specific execution strategy has been developed to maximise off-site prefabrication, assembly and automated on-site methods. This unique DfMA approach is delivering real engineering excellence to the project.
Meanwhile, the Howard Springs Accommodation Village in Darwin forms part of the Ichthys onshore facilities to provide quality accommodation for personnel building the gas processing facilities at Blaydin Point. Laing O’Rourke is delivering a 3,500-bed, high-quality establishment that will incorporate indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, an on-site facilities management complex and a medical centre – providing a home away from home for Ichthys’ growing workforce.
Construction began in April 2012 with staged completions over two years. The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX (76%, the operator) and TOTAL (24%).
Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometres offshore to the northwest of Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 kilometre subsea pipeline.