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Espionage claims set back Greater Sunrise gas field

Timor Leste is accusing Australia of espionage, delaying the development of the gas field

Timor Leste is formally accusing Australia of espionage during the 2004 negotiations for a treaty covering the development of the Greater Sunrise gas field, worth billions of dollars, in the Timor Sea. The formal arbitration process has capped any optimism that the Woodside Energy-led joint venture, whose partners include Shell, ConocoPhillips and Osaka Gas, could sign off on a development plan for the stalled project, which lies in the Timor Sea's shared joint development area with Australia, by the end of this year. The validity of a resource sharing pact - the Treaty on Certain Maritime Areas in the Timor Sea (CMATS) - is being challenged by Timor Leste, based on what it claims is irref

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