Explorer and Venturer to be installed off Broome

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and INPEX Corporation director, president and chief executive Toshiaki Kitamura in front of the INPEX-operated Ichthys Explorer central processing facility.
Camera IconForeign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and INPEX Corporation director, president and chief executive Toshiaki Kitamura in front of the INPEX-operated Ichthys Explorer central processing facility. Credit: INPEX

Both of Inpex’s Ichthys LNG offshore facilities due to be installed off Broome were officially named earlier this year in South Korea.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop officially named the project’s central processing facility “Ichthys Explorer” on February 17.

A floating production, storage and offloading facility was named “Ichthys Venturer” by former chief minister of the Northern Territory Clare Martin.

Inpex corporation director, president and chief executive Toshiaki Kitamura said staff had shown more than three years of dedication constructing the platforms since June, 2013.

“Our project’s two gigantic floating facilities will be located in the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field, located about 220km offshore Western Australia, for 40 years of continuous operation, setting new benchmarks for durability,” he said.

“My thanks extend to all the teams and contractors who completed more than 60 million man hours of work to safely construct these remarkable, world-class facilities.”

Ichthys Explorer is the largest semi-submersible platform in the world at 130m long by 120m wide and weighing 120,000 tonnes.

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