GAS SUPPLY EYED AS POWER FUEL FOR W. AUSTRALIA

The government of Western Australia reports 16 companies or groups have expressed interest in laying, owning, and operating a pipeline from Northwest Shelf gas fields to goldfields near Kalgoorlie. The state invited companies to compile outline plans to transport gas about 700 miles from offshore gas fields in a $300-500 million project to replace a costly 220 mile electrical power line from Perth to Kalgoorlie.

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