French to ensure Ichthys' safety

SAMSUNG Heavy Industries has awarded French company Nexans a €11.5 million ($A16.36 million) million contract to supply 2200km of halogen-free instrumentation and electrical cables to the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project's central processing facility – the world's largest semi-submersible platform – near Darwin.

French to ensure Ichthys' safety

Nexans, listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris, said Samsung specified safety of the people and the equipment as the most important issue in the construction of the CPF, and that its halogen-free cables would fulfil the customer's requirement of adhering to both IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and DNV standards.

The Ichthys CPF's large, floating central processing facility is a column-stabilised, offshore semi-submersible production unit supporting a hydrocarbon processing system and utilities, as well as living quarters for about 200 people. It will power the plant and control the compressor that liquefies the gas.

Gas from the Ichthys field, roughly 200km off the coast of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate.

The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889km subsea pipeline. It is expected to produce 389.5 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas per year.

In-Koo Kang, CEO of Nexans in Korea, said: "We are pleased to be a part of this large project with Samsung Heavy Industries. The key to the success of contract was Nexans Kukdong's ability to satisfy the customer's needs, as well as our demonstration of good collaboration between individual Nexans units.

"It reinforces Nexans' position as the leading cable manufacturer for offshore projects. We are looking forward to have more opportunities working globally with Nexans teams."

The Ichthys LNG project is scheduled to go online in 2016.

Delivery of Nexans' contract has already started and will be completed by the end of this year.

Cables are being manufactured at Nexans' Kukdong plant in Jincheon, Korea. The main CPF is being constructed at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.


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