Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the major onshore construction packages for the Ichthys LNG Project, which is owned by INPEX Browse, Ltd. 76%, Operator, and Total E&P Australia 24%, have commenced, President Director Australia, INPEX CORPORATION, Seiya Ito said today.
ITT packages for the gas processing facilities and associated infrastructure, planned for Blaydin Point in Darwin, Northern Territory, include:
- Fabrication and construction of the gas processing units.
- LNG, LPG and condensate storage tanks.
- Product loading jetty.
- Civil works and site preparation.
- Construction workforce accommodation village.
- Supply of construction material and construction services.
- Administration buildings on Blaydin Point.
Mr Ito said the onshore front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor, the JKC Joint Venture (JGC Corporation, KBR and Chiyoda Corporation), was undertaking the tender process for the various onshore contracts.
“This is another important milestone for the Ichthys Project as we move toward a final investment decision in 4Q 2011,” Mr Ito said.
Mr Ito said construction of the Ichthys Project would not proceed until all environmental and other relevant regulatory approvals from the Australian and Northern Territory governments had been received.
“Once all the environmental and development approvals are in place and we have reached a final investment decision we will be in a good position to start construction on Ichthys in early 2012.”
Mr Ito said the construction and operation of the Ichthys Project would significantly expand both the Australian and Northern Territory economies.
Under the Ichthys Project Australian Industry Participation Plan, all tenderers have a commitment to creating full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Australian suppliers.
The release of more than 70 major ITT packages for the onshore facilities will be undertaken over the coming months.
Mr Ito said these packages would cascade down to second and third tier suppliers and he urged Australian companies wishing to benefit from the business opportunities associated with the large-scale Ichthys Project to register with the Industry Capability Network in the Northern Territory. The ICN communicates regularly with registered businesses to update on the progress of the Ichthys Project and business opportunities as they arise.
INPEX released the ITT for the offshore Central Processing Facility in November 2010 as well.
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