TOKYO— Japan's biggest oil and gas explorer Inpex Corp. said on Aug. 8  its Ichthys LNG project in Australia is running at around 80% of full capacity, with 24 cargos being shipped in April-June despite a 15-20-day maintenance in May.

The company expects Ichthys to ship about 7 to 8 cargoes a month this year and the project is forecast to contribute 65 billion yen (US$612 million) to its group profit for the 9-month earnings this year through Dec. 31, against its earlier prediction of 60 billion yen, Inpex's Senior Managing Executive Officer Masahiro Murayama told an earnings news conference.