Aust, E Timor still at odds over gas field

Posted Tue May 4, 2010 6:24pm AEST

The Federal Government has told East Timor it cannot invite another company to develop the Greater Sunrise gas fields in the Timor Sea.

East Timor prime minister Xanana Gusmao has rejected a decision by the developer Woodside to establish a floating platform to process the gas rather than a pipeline to either Darwin or Dili.

Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says East Timor and Australia freely entered into a treaty requiring Sunrise to be developed in the most economical way with the agreement of both sides.

"The sooner the recommendation is brought to the Sunrise commission for consideration, the better, because we can then actually have a look at the detailed work and the basis on which that recommendation has been made," Mr Ferguson said.

Source: ABC News

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