ICN Gateway the short path to Ichthys

LNG is soon to flow through the longest subsea pipeline in the southern hemisphere: 889km from the Ichthys gas field to Darwin. ICN Gateway is the surest path for local firms to get involved.

The US $34 billion Ichthys LNG project will have a substantial economic impact on the Northern Territory economy through construction and operation. It’s being developed by INPEX, Japanese oil and gas company that has been part of the Australian industry since 1986, in joint venture with Total, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas and Toho Gas.

As with other large resource and infrastructure projects, the project has agreed with the Northern Territory Government and Australian Government on an Australian Industry Participation plan. Firms interested in these opportunities are directed to ICN Gateway, rather than engaging initially with INPEX.

To support ICN, the Australian Government has provided funding through its Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program.

‘The project will run for 40 years, and so we have to have an efficient, transparent way of telling potential suppliers what the Ichthys LNG project needs’, says ICN’s David Ewing. ‘That’s what ICN is delivering.’

One of the first firms to register on ICN Gateway was Peddle Thorp WKM, which started life in Darwin back in 1968 as Wilkins, Klemm and Morrison.

Its Director, Bruce Baldey had an eye on the project’s ‘off-plant buildings’: warehouses, laboratories, training and administrative centres, contractors’ offices and the main control building.

As anyone who lives in Darwin knows, especially anyone who witnessed Cyclone Tracy in 1974, the city can get more than a little windy. Peddle Thorp WKM cut their teeth by helping to rebuild Darwin after Tracy, and has kept developing its knowledge of high-wind building principles.

ICN consultant David Ewing knew Peddle Thorp WKM and its director Bruce Baldey well. He introduced them to the project and short-listed them for the tender for the off-plant buildings, along with a number of national architectural firms.

‘Knowledge of post-disaster and disaster-resistant infrastructure is essential for any project based in Australia’s north’, agrees Mr Baldey. ‘This was some of the local knowledge that I could bring to their planning.’

The project recognised that local knowledge, on top of demonstrated capability and awarded Peddle Thorp WKM the contract to design the off-plant buildings in competition against some very fine national firms.

Once in, Peddle Thorp WKM had more scope than they anticipated. ‘We contributed to the scope of works as well, providing technical services for the preliminary designs and also advice to the Project’s Yokohama and Perth engineering teams.’

The Peddle Thorp WKM buildings are designed to last for the full 40 years of Ichthys operations. A long lasting symbol of ICN’s partnerships in action.

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