Skire Unifier™ will provide comprehensive cost management for the largest oil and gas development in the Northern Territory of Australia
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 21, 2012 — Intergraph®, the leading global provider of enterprise engineering software, and its partner, Skire, have entered into an agreement with INPEX for the purchase of Skire’s Unifier™ solution for the Ichthys LNG project. INPEX selected Unifier as the mega-project’s cost control system after a formal call for tender based upon its powerful purpose-built capabilities, proven track record in the global oil and gas industry, and ability to integrate with SAP.
The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX (76%, the operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889-kilometer subsea pipeline. The Ichthys 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.
The Ichthys LNG project will need to develop, negotiate, award and subsequently administer a significant number of very large contracts during its execution phases. Major EPC contracts and work packages require a robust system for contracts and procurement planning and milestone management, contracts administration and contractual document management, claims management, variations and change control, project controls for cost and schedule management, and performance reporting. Given the scale of the operation, the Ichthys LNG project identified the need for a robust and “fit-for-purpose” software solution to contribute to effective project management, project controls, and procurement and contracting to support proactive decision-making.
Greg Rohde, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine vice president of Australia and New Zealand, said, “Intergraph and Skire will work together to support INPEX on this large-scale, world-class project, enabling increased safety, quality and productivity of the Ichthys project.”
“We are thrilled to be part of this major energy effort in the booming Australian region,” said Sateez Kadivar, vice president, business operations and corporate development at Skire. “The sheer size and volume of the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts on this type of project make project controls virtually impossible without a centralized system driving standardization, proactive management and visibility. Skire Unifier fills the gap between CAD and ERP systems, and the INPEX contract award is further validation of the Skire-Intergraph-SAP combination as the industry standard for the global oil and gas industry.”
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analysis firm, ranks Intergraph as the global leading supplier of process engineering tools, engineering design tools and engineering design 3D software, according to its “PET Market Analysis and Forecast through 2015.”
INPEX Corporation is among the world’s leading oil and gas exploration and production companies. Headquartered in Tokyo, INPEX has more than 70 projects in 26 countries, and it is among the top industry players globally. The company has a well-balanced portfolio of exploration and production assets, with a growing focus on LNG. This includes interests in Tangguh LNG and Bongtang LNG in Indonesia, and Darwin LNG in Australia. Planning is also well advanced on two new LNG projects: Abadi in Indonesia and Ichthys off the coast of Western Australia. These projects will see INPEX emerge as a new global force in LNG by the middle of this decade. www.inpex.com.au
Skire is the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing capital projects, facilities and real estate. Skire’s Unifier system has helped manage over $300 billion in capital projects and over three billion of square feet of facilities and real estate. From Global Fortune 1000 companies, including five of the Fortune 10, to universities, local municipalities and small businesses, organizations of all sizes utilize our best-in-class system to improve operations, reduce costs and enhance service delivery. Skire’s solutions are purpose-built, flexible, and simple to deploy and use, and range from a full life cycle IWMS approach to targeted solutions such as project controls, document management, bid management, cash flow forecasting, work order management, lease management, space management and more. For more information, please visit www.skire.com.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I’s U.S. federal and classified business.