Alcoa launches $158m gas supply lawsuit

Apache Energy and Tap Oil have been hit with a $158 million lawsuit by Alcoa, which claims a gas supply contract was breached when services were disrupted by the Varanus Island gas explosion in 2008.


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I fail to understand how lack of maintenance planning and clear breach of duty of care associated with operation risk can suddenly be called force majeure, simply because it may seem to be an escape from contractual obligations at the time. The bottom line is just that - the bottom line! The flow of gas was disrupted due to poor or non-existant maintenance planning of the infrastructure, not by any other external force beyond the control of the operators.

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