Thursday, September 6, 2012

Freight Forwarding Agent to Supply Logistics and Infrastructure to Giant LNG Project

SDV Gets the Nod to Work on New Gas Development
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – Supply chain and logistics providers SDV Australia announced that the JKC joint venture has awarded the company the integrated freight forwarding services contract for the Ichthys Onshore LNG Facilities Project. With the contract amounting to more than US$100 million SDV Australia will provide support for JKC's logistics activities from various sources to multiple worksites for the enormous LNG Facilities project. JKC is a joint venture enterprise formed by the JGC Corporation, Kellog Brown and Root and the Chiyoda Corporation.

The Ichthys LNG Project, named after the Greek for ‘Fish’, is itself now a joint venture between INPEX (66%) and Total (whom were awarded 24% in 2006 and now thought to own 30%) plus four minority utilities stockholders, and represents the second largest oil and gas development in Australia's history. Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin which lies approximately 200 kilometres off the North Western Australian coastline, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via a 900 kilometre subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

JKC’s responsibility is to construct the LNG facility at Blaydin Point in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia along with the on and off-site, marine and infrastructure facilities. An interesting aspect of the engineering, procurement and construction effort adopted for this project is the fully modular strategy, minimizing onshore activities at the construction site in Darwin, currently the de rigueur technique for major building projects (as used in the London Olympics). JKC plans to utilize several fabrication yards located in Thailand, China and the Philippines to support the planned 180,000 tonnes of LNG modules.

SDV Australia, as part of SDV Asia-Pacific will operate the management of the integrated freight forwarding service contract through a combination of its local strengths, between Japan, Australia and the regional support headquarters in Singapore, and utilising the group’s broad International network. SDV Australia endeavours to support Australian Industry Participation (A.I.P) and with special emphasis on the Northern Territory, and says it intends to execute its project responsibilities with the highest standards of quality and security with special attention paid to health, safety and environmental aspects in what can be potentially a very hazardous part of industry in a delicately balanced ecological region.