Ichthys brings growth to local Aussie company

The Ichthys project is a world-class LNG project to develop the gas and condensate field discovered in the Browse Basin, approximately 220 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia. The Ichthys Field contains resource estimates of more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas and approximately 500 million barrels of condensate. 

The expected operational life of the project is at least 40 years. 

The onshore LNG facilities are under construction at Blaydin Point, near Darwin in the Northern Territory. 

The project is being developed by a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL group companies and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. It is the first LNG project to be operated by a Japanese company.

As with other large resource and infrastructure projects, the Ichthys project has 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 the ICN Gateway, rather than engaging directly with INPEX.

To support ICN, the Australian Government has provided funding through its Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program which enables ICN to allocate sufficient resources to engage appropriately and service the AIP requirements for the project.

Through its profile on ICN Gateway, Ahrens has been nominated more than 20 times for work on the project, where they have successfully won a contract to construct 10 buildings for its accommodation village at the Howard Springs site in Darwin. 

Ahrens is a diverse construction company that offers complete project solution for the design and construction of industrial and commercial buildings, mining and material handling works and a supplier of fabricated structural steel for a range of industries.

Kevin Peters, CEO, ICN Northern Territory, explains how ICN value added to the vendor identification process conducted for the project. ‘We directly researched, sourced and assessed manufacturers and service providers for this work and put forward companies with proven capability to the project’s major contractors. Through this process, Ahrens was successful in winning this work’.

The 10 buildings make up the central facilities of the accommodation village.

They include the indoor sports centre, central kitchen diner, and the indoor/outdoor (licensed) tavern. Other minor buildings include baggage storage, waste handling, first aid and a maintenance workshop. Ahrens also provided steel to the recreation building, security gatehouse and the administration building. 

With offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin and Perth, working on the Ichthys project has allowed Ahrens to expand their business even further. 

‘We saw the value with registering with ICN when we saw, and later won, a major building project via ICN for the 2000 Olympics’, says Stefan Ahrens, Ahrens Managing Director. 

‘Being registered with ICN has opened up new opportunities for Ahrens. As a result of the work we have won for the Ichthys project we will be expanding our business to include an engineering workshop in Darwin - something that wasn’t even a possibility before’. 

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