Opportunities still abound on Ichthys
The US$34 billion Ichthys LNG project has great opportunities for Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs). ICN has helped many Australian businesses in winning work on this major project, including Peddle Thorp WKM, which won a contract to design off-plant buildings and Ahrens, who successfully won a contract to construct 10 buildings for the project’s Manigurr-ma Village at Howard Springs, Darwin.
There are plenty more success stories to tell, including that of Process Group, an Australian company that supplies technical solutions such as packaged process systems and process trains for the oil and gas production, refining, petrochemical and carbon capture industries.
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Ichthys project’s Central Processing Facility (CPF). ICN identified Process Group as a potential vendor to work on the CPF package and nominated them to SHI. Through this, Process Group made it onto the SHI-approved vendor list.
The CPF will gather natural gas and condensate from the Ichthys field’s subsea wells. The gas will be initially processed at the CPF to extract condensate and water, making the gas suitable for transmission through the gas export pipeline to the onshore processing facilities at Blaydin Point, Darwin.
Once ICN identified and nominated  Process Group as having the  capability, they tendered for and subsequently won the $20 million contract for the triethylene glycol dehydration (TEG) regeneration package on the CPF.
Kevin Peters, CEO, ICN Northern Territory, explains how ICN helped Process Group in accessing the Ichthys project. ‘We directly researched, sourced and assessed manufacturers and service providers for SHI and through this knew that Process Group would be a good fit for the project’.
Not only did Process Group win the TEG regeneration package, but being added to the SHI preferred vendor list, they also tendered for and won the $6 million contract to design, manufacture, test and supply the fuel gas treatment (hydrogen sulfide and mercury removal) packages for the CPF.
Process Group’s Director of Sales, Alistar Singh, gratefully acknowledged the work of ICN. ‘ICN’s contribution was a valuable initial step in the comprehensive vendor approval process that Process Group had to navigate’.
As with other large resource and infrastructure projects, the Ichthys project agreed with the Northern Territory Government and Australian Government on an Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plan. Firms interested in work opportunities on the project are directed to ICN Gateway, rather than engaging directly with INPEX or main contractors.
To support ICN, the Australian Government funds the Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program which gives ICN the resources to promote and maximise the participation of local Australian suppliers and service the AIP requirements for the project.
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