An image taken on inpex LNG during a major shutdown and turnaround project in Darwin, NT

ILNG, CPF & FPSO Turnaround & Shutdown

In 2021 Vertech provided over 130 multi-skilled inspectors, tradespeople and rope access personnel to deliver shutdown work across three assets.

The scope included IRATA rope access emergency response across the whole of ILNG along with confined space rescue teams, a complex flare tip replacement on the FPSO, 13 RDVI teams with robotic crawlers, camera systems and specialist tooling, NDT inspectors and in-service inspectors to complete statutory inspections of pressure systems and a ten-man rope access mechanical team supporting project work.

The turnaround was one of INPEX’s first major turnarounds. Despite its significant scale and exceptional planning work and support for the various contractor groups, outstanding results were achieved, which will set the assets up for long-term reliability and success.


The INPEX Venturer FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) is a large offshore vessel used to produce, store, and transfer oil and gas.

The FPSO has a length of approximately 336 meters, a width of 59 meters, and a depth of 32 meters. It has a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil and can process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day and 7.5 million cubic meters of gas per day.

The INPEX Venturer FPSO is deployed at the Ichthys Field, located off the coast of Western Australia, where it is used to produce and process oil and gas from subsea wells. The FPSO is an essential component of the Ichthys LNG project.

INPEX Explorer CPF

The INPEX CPF, or Central Processing Facility, is responsible for receiving, processing, and exporting natural gas and condensate produced from offshore wells in the Browse Basin. The CPF consists of a large processing plant capable of processing up to 8.9 million cubic meters of gas per day, as well as associated storage tanks and export facilities.

The INPEX CPF is a state-of-the-art facility incorporating the latest safety and environmental technologies to minimize its impact on the environment and surrounding communities. It plays a critical role in the Ichthys LNG project, which is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.65 million tons of LPG per year, making it one of the most significant LNG developments in the world.


The INPEX LNG facility is a large liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and exporting plant located on Bladin Point, near Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The INPEX LNG facility is one of the most extensive LNG facilities in the world, with a production capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG. It is designed to process natural gas from the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin.

The facility consists of two large processing trains, each with a capacity of 4.5 mtpa, which are used to liquefy and process natural gas into LNG. The LNG is stored in large tanks before being shipped to customers worldwide. The facility also includes a condensate processing unit, which separates the condensate from the natural gas and processes it for export.

The INPEX LNG facility significantly contributes to the Australian economy and has created thousands of jobs in the Northern Territory. It is also an essential source of energy for countries around the world, particularly in Asia, where there is a growing demand for LNG.

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Vertech IRATA Rope Access Technicians lowering an old flare tip off the side of the flare tower on an FPSO. Ocean in the background.