McDermott of US wins engineering contract for Inpex-operated Ichthys project offshore work

Tuesday, 17 November 2020
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US engineering company McDermott International was awarded a contract to provide front-end engineering and design services for the Ichthys liquified natural gas field development of Japanese energy firm Inpex Corp. offshore Western Australia.

The Houston, Texas-based company said the award was for a booster compression module with optional engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the project.


The booster compression module will be added to the Ichthys LNG central processing facility, located offshore the northwest coast of Western Australia.

“This award illustrates McDermott's continuing expertise in complex offshore EPCI,” said Ian Prescott, McDermott's Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific.

“Our work to date demonstrates our qualifications to deliver smart solutions in challenging environments - and to the highest safety and technical standards,” stated Prescott.

McDermott has been a long-standing operator in the Asia-Pacific energy market as well as being involved in the US Gulf Coast LNG export plant build-out.

McDermott is also undertaking subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (URF) as part of an expansion of the existing Ichthys LNG facilities.

Engineering will be completed in McDermott's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was already underway.

Inpex is operator of the onshore Ichthys plant at Bladin Point near Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.

The company also has a stake in Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude FLNG project offshore northwest Australia, as well as the planned development of an onshore plant in Indonesia.

The Australian Ichthys plant came on stream in 2018 and produces almost 9 million tonnes per annum of LNG from two processing Trains.

Shares in Ichthys LNG held by Inpex amount to around 66 percent of equity, while French major Total has 26 percent.

Micro-stakes are additionally held by customers CPC Corp. of Taiwan and Japan’s main utilities and LNG buyers, JERA Co. Inc., Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric and Toho Gas.

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