MM Group awarded contract for INPEX megaproject

machinemonitor, a subsidiary of the MM Group of companies, has secured a three-year contract to supply the full scope of high voltage electrical testing services for INPEX Ichthys LNG project.

MM Group will provide the full suite of electrical testing services across all major assets in the project – including the floating, storage, production and offloading (FPSO) vessel, central processing facility (CPF) and onshore LNG facilities.

MM Group founder and chairman Mike Davis said the contract represented a significant milestone in the evolution of the MM Group.

“We have embarked on a journey of strategic growth and development to be able to supply the full suite of asset management services across the electrical single line diagram,” he said.

“This enables companies like INPEX to engage MM Group as their sole supplier of high voltage electrical asset management services.

“We are very excited to play such an important role in this unique megaproject.”

The Ichthys LNG Project is currently nearing the end of construction, with an estimated construction cost of USD$34 billion and an operational life of 40 years.

Located offshore Western Australia and 820km southwest of Darwin, the project currently employs around 7500 construction workers and will produce 8.9 million tonnes of LNG gas per annum.

INPEX Ichthys has the capacity to generate around the same amount of power as the rest of the entire Northern Territory combined.

MM Group willl ensure the reliability of thousands of critical assets including generators, high voltage cables, switchgear, transformers and motors, and will also provide the cloud-based asset management information systems to provide a holistic view of overall plant health.

The electrical testing scope of work includes a range of high voltage tests such as partial discharge and tan delta tests across motors, generators, cables and switchgear as well as transformer oil analysis and thermography surveys on static equipment.

MM Group will also provide repair management services as well as engineering consulting services and training.

A baseline health assessment will be conducted across all assets during the commissioning phase followed by the implementation of a comprehensive and ongoing condition monitoring program manage the reliability of electrical assets as the plant transitions into the operational phase.