The Ichthys gas field (LNG liquefied natural gas) is one of the largest in the world located in the Timor Sea, 820 km northwest of Darwin, Australia with an average depth of 250 m. With an investment of US $ 34 billion, the plant will have a capacity of 8.9 million tons per year (mtpa) when fully operational.
It was discovered in 2000 and developed by Inpex in partnership with Total, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power, Toho Gas, Kansai Electric Power and CPC. The JKC consortium (JGC, KBR and Chiyoda) had the responsibility to build the infrastructure for the project.
The project presents many challenges including the need to withstand frequent tropical cyclones in the area.
The JKC consortium (JGC Corp., KBR, Chiyoda Corp.) as well as the Wagners Company, the company responsible for the production of concrete, visited several suppliers of concrete plants in Europe including Elkon on multiple occasions. The team was very impressed with Elkon’s production facilities. Elkon has the most modern and largest capacity facilities in Europe.
Elkon was chosen for its advanced technology (welding robots, production lines, advanced paint booths, etc.). All welds are examined by non-destructive inspection methods (radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic, penetrating) with the results included in detailled reports.
Elkon engineers installed two stationary Elkomix-135 concrete plants. Each plant is equipped with a 4500/3000 l twin shaft mixer and a production capacity of 120 – 135 m³ / h of vibrated concrete and five 150T silos of cement complying with all Australian standards.
Concrete production is being carried out as planned and meeting all customer expectations.
Elkon has specially redesigned the concrete plants to withstand tropical cyclones.