29 December 2008 03:51 [Source: ICIS news]
By Bohan Loh
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical’s proposed joint venture with Kuwait’s Petrochemicals Industries Company (PIC), K-Dow Petrochemicals, has lapsed due to the Kuwait Supreme Petroleum Council’s (SPC) decision to reverse a prior approval of the agreement, Dow said in a statement on Sunday.
“The partners have informed us that there will be official written notification of the decision within the next few days,” Dow said.
“Dow is extremely disappointed with the decision, and is in the process of evaluating its options pursuant to the Joint Venture Formation Agreement,” it added.
Speculation had mounted in recent weeks that negotiations to finalise the venture were becoming tough amid the on-going financial crisis and economic downturn.
PIC, a subsidiary of state-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC), had agreed to pay Dow $7.5bn to establish the joint venture, K-Dow Petrochemicals.
SPC’s withdrawal of its prior approval of the JV also sparked questions over Dow’s intended $18.8bn acquisition of specialty chemicals company, Rohm & Haas.
Bloomberg had reported that the
“It is doubtful that Dow will be able to easily raise the funds,” Bloomberg quoted Sean Egan, managing director of Egan-Jones Ratings Co.
Officials in Dow’s regional branch offices were unavailable for immediate comments.
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