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Potential petrol plant site reviewed

THE State Government, together with the Dow Chemical Company and Shell Chemicals Limited, is reviewing a likely site for the location of the proposed $2 billion world-scale Pilbara petrochemical project.

Three potential sites are under consideration for the plant and associated chemical projects. These are the Burrup Peninsula, Maitland Industrial Estate and West Intercourse Island.

Resources Development Mini-ster Colin Barnett said a first stage feasibility report by Dow/ Shell has identified a number of key issues that required further discussion and agreement prior to a detailed second stage feasibility study.

These included the security of supply of ethane feedstock from the North West Shelf gas fields, the completion of evaluations on the site and infrastructure requirements of the project and downstream processing projects.

The objective is to resolve most of the issues this year.

“ln order to meet the strong competition from alternative overseas locations, it is necessary for the Government and the proponents to consider every means for improving the economic viability of these important projects,” Mr Barnett said.

He said the Government has identified and evaluated several infrastructure sharing opportunities which would significantly reduce development and operating costs.

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