Japan’s INPEX has officially opened the onshore LNG processing facilities of the Ichthys LNG project.
Japanese, Australian and Northern Territory government representatives unveiled a plaque to commemorate four decades of future natural gas benefits that will flow from Ichthys LNG to the Northern Territory, Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
First gas was produce in July this year and the first LNG cargo ship set sail in October.
Hiroshige Sekō, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan, Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia and The Hon. Ken Vowles MLA, Northern Territory Minister of Primary Industry and Resources were at the ceremony which declared the onshore site officially opened.
INPEX CEO, President and Representative Director, Takayuki Ueda said: “We are standing here today thanks to the contributions of tens of thousands of people drawn from many nations across the world.
“Ichthys LNG is an iconic project. We are very proud of the economic and social contributions INPEX and Ichthys LNG have made to date – along with 40 years of future operations that will provide lasting economic and social benefits for Australia and energy security for Japan.”
INPEX said approximately 70 per cent of the LNG produced by Ichthys LNG is scheduled to be supplied to Japanese customers.