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Rapid ramp-up gives Inpex room to plan Ichthys future

With production at Australia’s Ichthys LNG close to reaching nameplate capacity, Japanese operator Inpex can begin to plan the project’s next phase of development With production at Australia’s Ichthys LNG close to reaching nameplate capacity, Japanese operator Inpex can begin to plan the project’s next phase of development.
By Colin Shek 20 September 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG 0 34608
The Pacific Breeze tanker at Ichthys LNG. (Inpex)

Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project on the northern tip of Australia has nearly reached its nameplate capacity of 8.9 mtpa less than 11 months after shipping its maiden cargo. With production close to plateauing, Japan’s largest exploration and production company can begin to consider its next steps for the megaproject, such as debottlenecking to boost capacity in the near term and adding a third train to increase it in the long run.

Debottlenecking the plant could boost the project’s capacity by as much as...