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Prime Ministers celebrate official opening of Ichthys LNG onshore facilities and first LPG shipment

17 Nov 2018 12:52 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

Darwin, Australia – The Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia last night joined celebrations in Darwin marking the official opening of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG facilities.

The two national leaders, His Excellency Mr Shinzo Abe and the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, congratulated INPEX on its historic milestone at a gala dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre.

INPEX President and CEO Takayuki Ueda said it was a tremendous honour to have two Prime Ministers speak at the INPEX celebration event.

“This is a remarkable global project that will provide lasting benefits to Australia and energy security to Japan for generations to come. It also signifies a new chapter in strengthened trading ties and relationships between Australia and Japan through Darwin, Australia’s gateway to Asia.”

The Ichthys LNG Project is the first large-scale LNG project to be operated by a Japanese company, and is the product of the largest foreign investment ever made by a Japanese company. At peak production, Ichthys will produce 8.9 million tons of LNG per year, of which approximately 70 percent will be supplied to Japanese customers.

Ichthys LNG Project commences LPG shipment

INPEX CORPORATION also announced yesterday that the Ichthys LNG Project commenced shipment of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the onshore LNG processing facilities in Darwin. The first shipment of LPG is destined for Asia.

Ichthys LNG has already commenced shipment of condensate (ultra-light crude oil), that was announced on October 1, 2018, and of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced on October 23, 2018. 

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