International engineering information management specialist, Phusion (previously Pearson-Harper) has been appointed as Data Management Contractor (DMC) for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project in a six year contract worth £11.5 million (AUD17.6m).
The deal extends Phusion’s growing portfolio in Australia where the company is already engaged on the giant Chevron Gorgon project.
The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX group companies (Operator), Total group companies and other participants. Gas from the Ichthys field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200km offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The condensate will be pumped to the FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) facility anchored nearby, from which it will be transferred to tankers for delivery to markets. The gas will be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889km subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
Phusion will assist INPEX by efficiently managing enormous amounts of engineering data associated with the Ichthys LNG Project. This will result in substantially reduced costs and ensure the timely hand over of comprehensive sets of information to the Ichthys Operations team.
This unique approach to the way data is collected on the project will replace the traditional “handover” stage when, traditionally, huge amounts of data are delivered to the client.
Documents will be delivered as they are produced and design tools delivered monthly. This makes a big difference to operational staff as they can access data and own the design long before the plant is commissioned. In turn, this facilitates the commissioning and start-up phases, making a significant contribution to a reduction in handover costs.
INPEX’s decision to use Phusion as its specialised data management contractor (DMC) to assist the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors in the collection and management of information from their suppliers is another key difference.