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Alcoa dealt blow in Varanus compensation case
Alcoa dealt blow in Varanus compensation case

Alcoa's push to claim $158 million in damages from Apache Energy over the 2008 explosion at the Varanus Island gas installation off the State's North West coast.

In a pre-trial judgment, Supreme Court Justice Rene Le Miere threw out two legal grounds on which Alcoa was basing its case.

But Justice Le Miere upheld that the case may involved a general breach of care by Apache.

He adjourned the case to July 23 at which time a trial date is expected to be set.

The Varanus gas explosion wiped out a third of WA's gas supplies and cost the economy up to $2.4 billion.

Burrup Fertilisers is also pursuing Apache over the incident through US courts.

The West Australian

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