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Water purification unit to cleanse Australian LNG project

02nd October 2013

VWS MPP System’s MPPE unit will help Icthys LNG Project’s FPSO unit extract hydrocarbons from water

Water purification unit to cleanse Australian LNG project
The FPSO unit is working on the Ichthys LNG Project in the Browse Basin off the north-west coast of Western Australia. Image courtesy of Inpex

A global supplier of waste water treatment systems and subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will supply a water purification unit for a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit working on the Ichthys LNG Project off Western Australia. The project is set to propel the country into the world’s podium of LNG exporters.

 

Under the contract, awarded by Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), VWS MPP Systems will provide a macro porous polymer extraction water purification (MPPE ) unit for the FPSO unit working on the Ichthys LNG Project in the Browse Basin off the north-west coast of Western Australia.

 

The MPPE technology is an automated and remote controlled method which absorbs and extracts hydrocarbons from water containing toxic compounds. VWS MPP Systems says its technology can lower concentrations of thousands ppm (parts per million) to below 1 ppb (parts per billion) in only one cycle.

 

The Ichthys LNG Project is operated by Japanese oil company Inpex. It will involve offshore preliminary processing of gas from the Ichthys field to remove water and extract condensate before being transported to onshore LNG processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 km pipeline. Most condensate will be sent to an in-field FPSO from which it will be shipped to markets.

 

The Ichthys field is the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years and is set to place the nation in the top two LNG exporting countries by 2020. The project is expected to produce 8.4 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG per year, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.