Toll Group begins construction of Ichthys support base
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Toll Group has started work on the offshore logistics base it is constructing for INPEX’s Ichthys LNG Project.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles joined Toll Global Resources CEO David Jackson and INPEX Director, Corporate Coordination Hitoshi Okawa for the official ground breaking ceremony in Darwin.
Toll will construct and operate the base, on a four-and-a-half hectare site in Darwin’s East Arm industrial precinct, for INPEX and its JV partners in the Ichthys Project.
The base will remotely support the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project’s major offshore facilities in the Ichthys field, about 820 km southwest of Darwin in the Browse basin.
Speaking at an event, Chief Minister Giles said it was encouraging to see two industry-leaders in Toll and INPEX investing in the Northern Territory.
“It is heartening to see what is essentially a ‘vote of confidence’ investment by INPEX, its JV partners, and Toll in the Northern Territory,” Giles said.
“Not only will this supply base create up to 120,000 man-hours of employment during construction, and up to 20 permanent jobs once completed, but it will also create flow-on employment for all of the services that will support the base.
“As part of our push for Northern Australia development, the Government is working to establish the Territory as a central support base for the offshore LNG industry. This project is an important step in that direction.”
INPEX Director, Corporate Coordination Hitoshi Okawa said the facilities would play a crucial role in supporting the Ichthys LNG Project’s offshore operations.
“Our central processing facility and floating production, storage and offloading vessel will be two of the biggest pieces of infrastructure in the oil and gas industry,” Mr Okawa said.
“With an operational life of at least forty years without docking a base that can provide the maintenance, store critical spares and spare parts for these facilities, while also supporting brownfield work, is vital to our success.”
Toll Global Resources CEO David Jackson said the variety of work required by Toll to operate the base is an excellent example of Toll’s capabilities in servicing the oil and gas sector.
“This project exemplifies our commitment to invest in world-class facilities for our customers’ world-class projects, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with INPEX during the life of the Ichthys Project,” Jackson said.
Construction of the logistics base is expected to be completed and fully operational by early 2015.