|Tuesday, 8 June 2004|
Contracts for seismic data acquisition over East Timor's share of the Timor Sea are hoped to be awarded later this year, the Southeast Asian Australian Offshore Conference in Darwin was told yesterday.
East Timor's Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, outlined his country's planned development fund to the conference, saying the areas in discussion were not in the regions where there were overlapping claims by Australia and East Timor.
He said he hoped the laws required for competitive, commercial exploration would be passed this year, for JPDA (Joint petroleum development area) and non-JPDA areas.
While the regime would be at the risk of the contractor, he said the proposed code would allow a production sharing contract (PSC) allowing the seismic work to be converted into exploration acreage.
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