East Timor’s last chance for Greater Sunrise

By Damon Evans 17 July 2017
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Greater Sunrise gas could be used to backfill the Darwin LNG plant in northern Australia. (ConocoPhillips) Greater Sunrise gas could be used to backfill the Darwin LNG plant in northern Australia. (ConocoPhillips)

The result of looming parliamentary elections in East Timor may spur politicians to secure a deal to develop the Greater Sunrise gas fields, as potential investors accelerate plans to backfill the Darwin LNG plant from alternative fields. But development of Greater Sunrise remains stalled by the ongoing boundary dispute with Australia, which will stay unresolved until after the elections.

On 13 July, ConocoPhillips said the owners of Darwin, which include Santos, Inpex, Eni and Tokyo Gas, are assessing several options to backfill the LNG plant at Wickham Point from 2023, when the current offshore gas supply from the Bayu-Undan field is expected to be exhausted. But the United States-based major believes its proposed Barossa project off northern Australia is the leading candidate to backfill the plant’s sole 3.7 mtpa train.

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