The $923 million Ichthys Project Onshore LNG Facilities Main Civil Works (CVL-3) is a segment of the US$34 billion Ichthys Project which is a Joint Venture between INPEX group companies (the Operator), major partner TOTAL group companies and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas.

The onshore LNG processing plant is being constructed by engineering, procurement, construction contractor JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd (JKC) at Bladin Point, in Darwin. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

Leighton Contractors will be constructing the main civil works package, which is critical infrastructure required for the building of the onshore LNG facilities that will ensure the first gas supplies are delivered to INPEX by July 2016.

Scheduled for completion in July 2016, at peak, the CVL-3 project is expected to create approximately 900 jobs.


Through early stage servicing and previous project relations, Uni-span has supplied various formwork systems to construct the following areas in a highly cost efficient way:

  • Compressor bases and columns (ORMA)
  • Manholes, Corrugated Plate Interceptor Pit & Recovered Oil PitBases to circular tank (ORMA)
  • LER and shelter foundation (ORMA)
  • General single sided and double sided walls (ORMA)
  • Hanging platforms for pile access and stab joints (ORMA & MK)
  • Bund wall forms (MK & special fabricated components)
  • Impoundment ponds (ORMA)
  • Nanogen foundation (ORMA)
  • Holding basin – C600 (ORMA)
  • Dodecagon-shaped Tank Flare Foundation (ORMA)
  • Transformer Blast Walls (ORMA)



Adhering to the Leighton guidelines of Safety First, Uni-span were able to deliver unique solutions that ensured structures were formed on time and without incident, including 84 x (1.2m x 1.2m) 12m high columns without through ties.
50% completion was achieved in mid 2014 with all structures involving Uni-span’s involvement completed. This achievement has seen our equipment and additional engineered solutions now being involved in other areas of the project.