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The Semac 1 (Image courtesy of Saipem)

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project started gas export pipeline  installation works on June 28, the company announced.

The project’s 889km pipeline will connect the onshore processing facilities near Darwin to the Ichthys gas-condensate field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia.

The pipe is being laid by Saipem-operated, semi-submersible pipelay barge SEMAC-1 in the Northern Territory.

Managing Director Ichthys LNG Project Louis Bon said, “The gas export pipeline will deliver gas and some condensate from our offshore central processing facility to the Ichthys LNG Project onshore facilities at Bladin Point near Darwin so that it can be processed for export.”

Working from east to west in Darwin Harbor, the SEMAC-1 will first feed pipe to the Project’s landfall site for a three kilometer shore-pull.