Minister: Timor-Leste LNG plant viable option for Greater Sunrise development
A Greater Sunrise development involving a gas processing plant on Timor-Leste shores is very viable, a senior Minister has told the Australasian Oil & Gas (AOG) exhibition and conference in Perth.
The country’s Minister responsible for the petroleum industry, Alfredo Pires, told a special industry luncheon at AOG that the country had spent $20 million on studies that prove that gas from Greater Sunrise could be piped to Timor-Leste for LNG processing, according to a statement by AOG.
The Minister said work had already completed Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) studies on the construction of a pipeline and the related marine facilities, and those studies have verified that the “Timor-Leste option” is viable.
Minister Pires also played down the potential to develop Greater Sunrise via an FLNG facility, telling the AOG crowd that in his opinion the FLNG technology has yet to be proved.
He also played down reports that discussions between Timor-Leste and Greater Sunrise operator Woodside have broken down after Woodside announced recently that it was halting its work on the project.
“We are still having meaningful dialogue with them. We are still working on that. It is very important that this dialogue continues,” he added.