Inpex’s semi sub production platform the Icthys Explorer has now been joined by the new build FPSO Ichthys Venturer which has just arrived from DSME in South Korea with mooring, hook up and commissioning now underway in the Ichthys field. The Ichthys Explorer will receive all gas and condensate from the field before the gas is piped to Darwin for processing into LNG, while the condensate will be piped to the Ichthys Venturer.
Inpex is to join in with the trend towards chartering UDW rigs with both conventionally moored and DP mooring systems when they eventually tender for a floater for Phase II of the Ichthys field development. A market survey issued in April also specified a dual derrick was required. Water depths are around 400m and the duration could be up to 52 months starting in Au-gust 2019.
INPEX have issued an enquiry for a mid water floater for a potential drilling program offshore Japan set to begin in June 2018. The work scope is just one well in 100m water depths. The location is likely Heisai Block 26-28 where Inpex drilled a success-ful well in October 2016 with Transocean semi MG Hulme Jr, designated as a gas discovery.
Jadestone Energy has purchased a 30% interest in two offshore blocks, 05-1b and 05-1c which are operated by Inpex and contain two gas fields that are planned to begin production in 2019. Jadestone also plan to develop their existing assets in Vietnam, the Nam Du and U Minh gas fields in blocks 46/0-7 and 51.
The world’s largest semi submersible has arrived at the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin offshore Australia. The central pro-cessing facility, known as Ichthys Explorer, will be on location for operator Inpex for the next 40 years as an integral part of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project. The semi was towed from Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea , a 5,600km town completed in 34 days. The semi will be moored in 250m water depths and will be the central hub for offshore processing with gas sent via an 850km pipeline to an onshore facility near Darwin. Condensate [...]