W. Australia eyeing petrochemical complex

A government bid to gauge interest in building a petrochemical complex in Western Australia is garnering some early support. Dow Chemical Australia, a unit of Dow Chemical Co., has become the first company to respond to the state government's call for interest in developing a $1.5 billion (Australian) petrochemical complex in the state's northwestern Pilbara region. The government's move was sparked by a study by Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, which showed that sufficient natural gas feedstock will be available on the North West Shelf to supply a world-scale petrochemical plant after 2000. Hurdles Dow plans to files a formal plan with the government in the...

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