Monday, August 25, 2008

Natural Gas Explosion in Australia Occurred June 3, 2008

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- A report on an explosion at an Apache Corp. plant that cut Western Australia's natural gas supplies by 30 percent won't be published until after the Sept. 6 state election, the Western Australian newspaper said.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority report, initially due for completion by Aug. 27, has been delayed because of its complexity, the newspaper said, citing Department of Industry and Resources deputy Director-General of Resources Stedman Ellis. The newspaper didn't give a new release date.

The June 3 blast at Varanus Island off the state's north- west caused fuel shortages in resource-rich Western Australia, which generates a third of the nation's exports. Some supplies were reconnected Aug. 6, with full output due to return in December.

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