Watch the Flare Tip Replacement here.
During the 2021 Ichthys LNG turnaround, Vertech was engaged to replace the flare tip on the Ichthys Venturer FPSO. Our scope included the installation of a custom designed lifting system around the 3.2ton flare tip, at an elevation of 176m. Our team of highly skilled rope access tradespersons worked in co-ordination between the deck level and flare tip to safely lift, construct, install the lifting system – 2,600 individual components in total. Offshore, the Vertech team successfully navigated the complexity of sea state and vessel movement, working within strict parameters to successfully execute the main lifts for the removal and replacement of the flare. Throughout the course of the project our teams safely ascended and descended a combined 300km and effectively managed over 3,500 potential dropped objects!
As part of the project preparations, the INPEX project team arranged an exact replica of the flare tip platform in Darwin and provided access to the capital spare flare tip for training purposes. This allowed our team time to not only intimately understand the construction and use of the lifting system, but also to come together and form as one high performing team prior to mobilising offshore for the turnaround.
Following the successful execution of this scope, the Vertech Flare Tip Replacement Team were honoured to receive a prestigious Corporate HSE Activity Award from INPEX, one of only 5 awarded for the year! Vertech’s Onshore & Projects Manager Adam Haling and Managing Director Tom Brennan attended the awards ceremony at INPEX CORPORATION Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan to show their dedication and commitment to safety, and to accept the award in person on behalf of the Vertech Team who put in an incredible amount of hard work.
Vertech has proudly supported INPEX since 2015, following the award of the baseline hull structural inspection contract. This contract saw Vertech’s marine inspectors working closely with INPEX throughout the construction phase in South Korea. Vertech’s scope of services expanded, as the INPEX assets arrived in Australian waters and transitioned into operations.
The Vertech team now delivers a comprehensive array of inspection and integrity services across the INPEX facilities, along with specialist maintenance work and turnaround support. During first two major INPEX turnarounds, Vertech delivered a wide range of services providing over 175 multi-disciplined technicians. We are immensely proud to have achieved a perfect safety record during the 2022 Ichthys LNG maintenance turnaround.
In the spirit of collaboration and teamwork, and to show our gratitude for INPEX’s support in our combined pursuit of safety excellence, Vertech presented a unique gift to INPEX’s Takahiko Ikeda (Director, Senior Executive Vice President) and Wataru Nojiri (Executive Officer). Our gift incorporated framed project images and a woven djeng (fish) from Darwin’s Traditional Owners, the Larrakia people, which is symbolic for the word Ichthys.
We would like to extend our immense gratitude to the Vertech and INPEX teams who were able to come together and achieve this incredible goal. Every single person who worked on this project deserves a share of the honour.