Inpex processing facility moored in Browse Basin

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser
The Ichthys Explorer central processing facility arriving in Australian waters.
Camera IconThe Ichthys Explorer central processing facility arriving in Australian waters. Credit: Supplied

A giant floating LNG processing facility towed by tug boats from South Korea has been safely moored in the off shore Browse Basin, about 220 kilometres from Broome.

The Inpex-operated Ichthys Explorer will be located in the same position for 40 years.

The massive structure is the world’s largest semi-submersible platform, weighing 120,000 tonnes and with a topsides footprint measuring 130 metres by 120 metres.

Ichthys LNG project managing director Louis Bon said the mooring - in the 250-metre deep waters of the Ichthys Field - marked another significant milestone for the project.

The operation involved connecting 28 pre-installed mooring chains - weighing more than 25,000 tonnes - from the seabed to the central hub.

Gas from the facility will be sent through an 890-kilometre under water pipeline to the onshore LNG plant near Darwin for processing.

The Explorer is the central hub for initial offshore processing of all fluids delivered from a 130-kilometre network of sub-sea well infrastructure.

Gas from the facility will be sent through an 890-kilometre under water pipeline to the onshore LNG facility near Darwin for processing.

Condensate arriving to the Explorer will be transferred to a nearby floating production, storage and offloading facility, the Ichthys Venturer.

The Explorer will initially process fluids delivered from a 130-kilometre network of sub-sea well infrastructure.

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