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INPEX Corporation
Type Public KK (listed as INPEX Holdings Inc. TYO: 1605)
Founded 1941 (as Teikoku Oil)
1966 (as North Sumatra Offshore Petroleum Exploration)
Headquarters Japan Tokyo, Japan
Key people Kunihiko Matsuo, Chairman
Naoki Kuroda, President
Industry Petroleum
Revenue ¥ 1,202.965 billion JPY (FY 2007)
Net income ¥ 173.245 billion JPY (FY 2007)
Employees 1,724 (2007)

INPEX Corporation (国際石油開発帝石株式会社 Kokusai Sekiyu Kaihatsu Teiseki Kabushiki-gaisha ?) (literally, INternational Petroleum EXploration Corporation; hence the short name INPEX) is a Japanese oil company established in 1966 as North Sumatra Offshore Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.

In 2006, INPEX acquired a Japanese oil company Teikoku Oil.


INPEX created a venture company called INPEX Browse, Ltd on 1 September 1998. This was for a previously wholly owned INPEX project in the offshore Basin off the north west coast of Western Australia where a gas-field was discovered in the WA-285-P permit area. The official name of the proposed development project will be the Ichthys (gas-field) Development, which the company wanted to base on the Maret Islands. After farming out 24% of the permit ownership to Total S.A's subsidiary Total E&P Australia the concept and location was changed.

The location of this project, and the issue of industrialising the Kimberley coast is under discussion in Australia. Environmentalists and local ecotourism operators are concerned about industrial infrastructure destroying the pristine nature of this coast line.

The original project consisted of an offshore Central Processing Facilities (CPF), supplying two phase gas to an onshore facility on the Maret Islands. The facilities on the Maret Islands were to include gas receiving, LNG process plant (2 x 3.8Mtpa trains), product storage and export facilities. Maret Islands are located approximately 200 km south-east of the lchthys Field, which is approx. 440 km north of Broome and 800 km south west of Darwin.

The project for the LNG plant to be located on the isolated Maret Islands was scrapped with the LNG Plant now to be built at Blaydin Point industrial site which is located on the Middle Arm Peninsula in Darwin, Northern Territory, with a 900 kilometres (560 mi) pipeline from the lchthys Field to the LNG Plant, after regulatory delays in Western Australia.[1][2]

The Ichthys Project's FEED has commenced. The original construction period was slotted for 1st / 2nd Qtr 2009 thru to 4th Qtr 2012. It was originally planned the 1st LNG Shipment targeted by end of year 2012.

References and notes

  1. ^ "Inpex chooses Darwin for LNG plant". 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-09-26.  
  2. ^ "Darwin chosen for $12b Inpex project". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News). 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-09-26.  

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