Updated Mon May 3, 2010 8:39am AEST
East Timor's government is digging in its heels in a dispute with Australian oil and gas company Woodside over the development of the Greater Sunrise fields.
The government wants the gas to be liqueified at a processing plant onshore in East Timor.
Last week it rejected Woodside's proposal for a floating platform, saying the technology was untested.
Woodside executives want to visit East Timor to discuss their proposal but the East Timorese government has refused the offer.
It says Woodside will have to stick to the channels for negotiation agreed to by both Australia and East Timor and deal with the country's petroleum regulator.
Woodside has declined to comment.
To go ahead the Woodside proposal has to be approved by Australia's and East Timor's governments.
Source: ABC News