Inpex shipped 65 Ichthys LNG cargoes in H1

Japan’s Inpex has shipped 65 LNG cargoes from its Ichthys export plant in Australia during the first half of this year, up by one cargo compared to the same period last year.

A spokesman for Inpex told LNG Prime on Wednesday that the Ichthys project also sent 11 plant condensate cargoes, 15 offshore condensate cargoes, and 17 LPG cargoes during the first half.

This compares to 64 LNG cargoes, 12 plant condensate cargoes, 17 offshore condensate cargoes, and 17 LPG cargoes during the first half in 2022.

The Ichthys LNG terminal shipped 34 LNG cargoes in the first quarter of this year.

To remind, the Japanese firm said in February that it plans to ship record 132 cargoes of LNG, or 11 per month, from the Ichthys plant in 2023.

The facility at Bladin Point near Darwin has two trains and a nameplate capacity of 8.9 mtpa but it is expected to reach a production of about 9.3 mtpa this year due to debottlenecking.

Ichthys LNG is a joint venture between operator Inpex and major partner TotalEnergies.

Also, other partners include Australian units of CPC, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, Jera, and Toho Gas.

Natural gas arrives to the LNG plant at Bladin Point from the giant Ichthys field offshore Western Australia via an 890 kilometers long export pipeline.

Earlier this year, Inpex sent the 500th cargo of LNG from its Ichthys terminal in Australia since the start of operations in 2018.

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