Inpex lets power contracts for Ichthys LNG project

Japan’s Inpex Corp., owner and operator of the planned Ichthys LNG plant near Darwin, Australia, has awarded to ABB, Zurich, $80-million contracts to supply power technologies and medium-voltage drive systems for the project.

Ichthys LNG is to produce 8.4 million tonnes/year of LNG and 1.6 million tpy of LPG, along with about 100,000 b/d of condensate at peak.

The ABB equipment will power the liquefaction plant and control the compressors that liquefy the gas. ABB said about half of the order value was booked at the end of this year’s first quarter with follow on orders coming in second quarter.

ABB will design and deliver a power supply package for the liquefaction plant, said the announcement, including supply of such key equipment as power and distribution transformers, medium-voltage switchgear, low-voltage motor control centers, and a power-distribution monitoring and control system.

Ichthys LNG is a joint venture of Inpex 66.805%, Total SA 30%, Tokyo Gas 1.575%, Osaka Gas 1.2%, and Toho Gas 0.42%. Total recently increased its ownership, purchasing an additional 6% from Inpex (OGJ Online, July 13, 2012).

Gas from Ichthys field in the Browse basin about 124 miles off Western Australia will be initially processed offshore to remove water and condensate. The gas will then flow to onshore processing in Darwin through a 550-mile subsea pipeline.

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