The Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project has initiated a start-up of gas turbine generators at the onshore power plant near Darwin, Australia.Inpex said on Friday that this milestone was a significant step towards power generation at the project’s onshore combined cycle power plant (CCPP).Ichthys project managing director, Louis Bon, said: “Initiating the safe start-up of the gas turbine generators (GTG) illustrates the strong commitment of the onshore team to overcome challenges and achieve our targets.“The combined cycle power plant uses gas and steam turbines together to produce up to 50 percent more electricity from the same amount of fuel compared with a traditional simple-cycle plant.”The waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to create steam for the nearby steam turbine system, which generates extra power. Ultimately powered by natural gas from the Ichthys Field, the CCPP will use a mix of five gas and three steam turbine generators to supply all the electricity requirements for onshore processing of LNG.The power plant has the capacity for up to 490 megawatts of electricity, which allows LNG processing trains to cool and liquefy natural gas.“With more than 50 per cent energy efficiency, the CCPP will provide energy efficiency well above the 30-35 per cent typically achieved by a standard industrial gas turbine open cycle power plant and will allow the project to use saved fuel gas to produce more LNG,” Bon added.Inpex said that, when fully operational, the Ichthys LNG project would have the capacity to produce up to 8.9 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of LNG, up to 1.65 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of liquefied petroleum gas, and 100,000 barrels of condensate a day (at peak).When it comes to offshore components of the Ichthys LNG project, the Ichthys Explorer central processing platform (CPF) was moored in the field in June while the Ichthys Venturer floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) was moored about two months later, in late August.In addition, a naming ceremony for the Oceanic Breeze tanker that will be transporting 0.9 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year produced from Ichthys took place in late October at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Nagasaki. The Oceanic Breeze will join another tanker, the Pacific Breeze, in a fleet which will be chartered by Inpex to transport Ichthys-produced LNG.
Runners take off at the start of Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSLAMOINE — More than 200 runners braved Saturday morning’s chilly weather for the 11th annual Flattop 5K.The race is held in honor of the late Bill Pinkham and named after his distinct crew cut hairstyle.Pinkham, a longtime dedicated runner, was a fixture in the community before passing away in 2005 at the age of 62. He served as the former chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, as a state representative and as Lamoine’s harbormaster.Dave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 16:59.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher in Saturday’s race with a time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds. Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female in 19:31.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the women, Jennifer VanDongen, 38, of Bar Harbor finished in a close second in 19:38. Katherine Collins, 45, of Winterport took third in 21:39.Matt Homich, 28, of Bar Harbor was the second male finisher in 17:26, and Perry LeBreton, 41, placed third in 17:51.The boys’ and girls’ winners of the one-mile Fun Run were Charlie Collins and Alexandra Collins.The following are the top 5K finishers in each age group:Female age 1-9: Amelia VanDongen, 9, of Bar Harbor, first in 31:34; Sophia Rosales, 6, of Lamoine, second in 41:49.Male age 1-9: Jay Haney, age 9, first in 25:47; Timmy Collins, 9, of Winterport, second in 29:40.Female age 10-14: Ava Dowling, 12, of Newburgh, first in 26:54; Shayla Smith, 13, of Newburgh, second in 27:05.Male age 10-14: Matt Shea, 14, of Ellsworth, first in 19:11; Evan Merchant, 14, of Beals, second in 21:44.Female age 15-19: Ivy Wallace, 18, of Lamoine, first in 24:15; Olivia Frost, 16, of Pittsfield, second in 26:08.Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 19:31.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMale age 15-19: Oliver Johnston, 15, of Bar Harbor, first in 18:29; Colby Rand, age 18, second in 19:44.Female age 20-29: Kassie Strout, 25, of Trenton, first in 22:03. Meg Kelly, 28, of Bar Harbor, second in 22:48.Male age 20-29: Nick Brown, 28, of Ellsworth, first in 19:23; Ezra Dean, 22, of Orono, second in 19:41.Female age 30-39: Shannon Horton, 39, of Mount Desert Island, first in 21:45; Maegan Haney, age 38, second in 23:05.Male age 30-39: Andrew Kephart, age 30, first in 17:57; Seth Young, 31, of Ellsworth, second in 18:39.Female age 40-49: Johanna Sullery, 41, of Old Town, first in 23:37; Tricia Brown, 42, of Cherryfield, second in 23:42.Male age 40-49: Stephen Linscott, 40, of Seal Cove, first in 18:19; Andy Pereira, 47, of Southwest Harbor, second in 18:24.Female age 50-59: Lisa Kingsbury, 56, of Hampden, first in 22:45; Lisa Tweedie, 53, of Bar Harbor, second in 24:50.Male age 50-59: Chris Jones, 52, of Bucksport, first in 20:17; Robert Jordan, 56, of Ellsworth, second in 20:47.Female age 60-64: Christy Stout, age 60, first in 25:21; Donna Kausen, 62, of Addison, second in 26:12.Male age 60-64: Bob Ciam, age 61, first in 18:51; Austin Townsend Jr., 61, of Perry, second in 20:46.Tobin Peacock of Lamoine pushes a stroller in Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFemale age 65-69: Judith Blake, 65, of Bar Harbor, first in 27:42; Robin Emery, 69, of Lamoine, second in 32:39.Male age 65-69: Dave Samuelian, 69, of Bangor, first in 26:56; Stephen Fay, 66, of Ellsworth, second in 28:37.Female age 70-74: Jane Berry, 73, of Topsham, first in 49:25.Male age 70-74: John Tjepkema, 72, of Orono, first in 28:58; Ron Paquette, 74, of Albion, second in 37:03.Female age 75-99: Mary Alice Bruce, 77, of Corea, first in 37:23.Male age 75-99: Lloyd Harmon, 75, of Ellsworth, first in 27:57; David Jones, 75, of Castine, second in 28:58.