Ichthys: Total and Inpex ensuring together a stable LNG supply to Japan
220 kilometers off Australia’s northwest shore, Total is developing a giant gas and condensates field with Inpex, its Japanese operator. Already partners for 45 years, the two companies are putting together their expertise and resources to construct one of the largest oil & gas facilities in the world. The Ichthys LNG project will ensure Japan for decades with a stable supply of energy.
Sunrise over Train One at Bladin Point, Australia - November 2015
Aerial view of the onshore facilities at Bladin Point, Australia - December 2015
Operator at the construction site of the Ichthys Project in Bladin Point, Australia - December 2015
CPF Flare Tower flare installation in Geoje, South Korea - December 2015
Operator at the construction site of an LNG tank for the Ichthys Project in Bladin Point, Australia - December 2015
The Ichthys FPSO under construction in Geoje, South Korea - January 2015
Two Operators reviewing construction operations in Bladin Point, Australia - December 2015
Operator on the top of an LNG tank under construction for the Ichthys Project in Bladin Point, Australia - December 2015
Wildlife protection training for employees in Bladin Point, Australia - July 2011
Sunshine over the top of an LNG tank under construction in Bladin Point, Australia - January 2015
View from the site of the Ichthys LNG onshore facilities in Bladin Point, Australia - July 2011
Ichthys LNG, a 3 in 1 project
Following Inpex’s discovery of the Ichthys field in 2006, Total has taken a 30% stake in the project. The two partners have immediately started to put in common their engineering skills and marketing abilities to develop a “3 in 1” project:
Processing and production facilities offshore, where gas and condensates will be processed on a semi-submersible platform, separating separate the gas and liquids
Natural Gas liquefaction facilities onshore
One of the world’s longest subsea pipelines (890 kilometers) to link them.
This ambitious project kicked off with a final investment decision taken in 2012 and will be completed by 2017. Production will last around 40 years once operational.
An exemplary partnership in LNG
Total and Inpex work together on this project from extraction, liquefaction and shipping to regasification, marketing and trading. This successful cooperation is the result of a mutual trust built over the years, a powerful alliance in LNG which started in Indonesia in 1970 with the development of the Mahakam Block, a field still in production. Developing Ichthys today enhances Total’s position in LNG production and contributes to our expansion into growing Asian gas markets.
A long-term energy supply commitment to Japan
LNG offers greater supply security for importing nations because it can be shipped by sea. It is also the cleanest fossil fuel and the perfect partner for renewable energies. By delivering the Ichthys project into production, Total and Inpex will be securing vital long-term energy supply to Japan. Of the annual projected production of 8.9 million tons of LNG, 70% will sail directly to Japanese customers under long-term contracts. This represents the equivalent of the annual gas consumption of 18.6 million households*. The Ichthys project will provide Japan with a stable energy supply for decades to come.
Alongside with other minority Japanese partners (Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric and Toho Gas) and Taiwanese company CPC, Total and Inpex shared experience is definitely paving the way for the ongoing and long-term success of the Ichthys project.
Learn more about the Ichthys Project:
- Total.com: Ichthys: Three Mega Projects Rolled Into One (in English)
- Video - Total.com: Australia's Ichthys LNG, where Challenges abound (in English with subtitles)
- Inpex: Ichthys LNG Project official website (in English)
*based on the average consumption of one household of the Kansai region (2015)