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 an 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.


An aerial view showcases a colossal floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel anchored in the open ocean. Its hull is painted in vibrant blue with a red stripe, while the deck is loaded with intricate, multicoloured industrial machinery for processing oil and gas. The vessel features a sprawling helipad, towering cranes, and a massive processing plant. A long boom extends from the vessel's aft, hinting at its offshore drilling operations. The sea around the boat reflects the sunlight and a distant support ship can be seen on the horizon under a clear sky with a few scattered clouds.

The INPEX Venturer FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) is a large offshore vessel that produces, stores and transfers oil and gas.

The FPSO is approximately 336 meters long, 59 meters wide, and 32 meters deep. Its storage capacity is 1.2 million barrels of oil, and it 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. There, it produces and processes oil and gas from subsea wells. The FPSO is an essential component of the Ichthys LNG project.

INPEX Explorer CPF

A massive offshore oil platform stands majestically in calm sea waters, painted in bright red and yellow. The platform has heavy industrial equipment, including cranes and drilling infrastructure. Several support vessels, including tugs and supply boats, are alongside the platform, indicating active operations. In the background, a serene coastline stretches across the horizon beneath a clear blue sky. The ocean reflects the sunlight, creating a shimmering effect on the water's surface.

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 and associated storage tanks and export facilities.

The INPEX CPF is a state-of-the-art facility incorporating the latest safety and environmental technologies to minimise 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.


An aerial view of the INEPX LNG facility in Darwin, with multiple storage tanks and structures. A long jetty extends into the calm blue waters, with a large cargo ship docked at one end and a smaller vessel nearby, creating a wake. The surrounding area is lush with greenery, and the horizon shows a vast expanse of mangroves fading into the distance. The sky is clear, and the water reflects the sky's blue, hinting at an ecosystem coexisting alongside industrial activity.

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 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 are lowering an old flare tip off the side of the flare tower on an FPSO. Ocean in the background.