Timor-Leste was declared an independent nation on 20 May 2002 after voting to secede from Indonesia on 25 October 1999. Until 2018, both Timor-Leste and Australia claimed sovereignty over the Timor Sea area that includes Bayu-Undan, previously known as the Joint Petroleum Development Area (“JPDA”). In 2019, Australia and Timor-Leste ratified a treaty to establish maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea (“Maritime Boundaries Treaty”). Timor-Leste has sole jurisdiction over the ownership and management of certain hydrocarbon fields in the former JDPA area, including Bayu-Undan and Kitan.
Our work in Timor Leste
We have been in present in the country since 2006, and today we operate in the Exploration & Production sector, holding stakes in four offshore blocks.
Exploration & Production
Annual oil and condensate production
Annual gas production
Annual hydrocarbon production
Development and exploration of wells
Eni has 4 PSCs in Timor Leste, it operates TL-SO-19-10, -11 and SO6-04. While in TL-SO-19-13 it is a non operated partner and holds the giant Bayu Undan field.
The liquids and gas Bayu Undan field (Block JPDA 03-13) started-up in 2004 and produced 114 kboe a day in 2019. Liquid production is supported by three treatment platforms and an FSO unit. Production of natural gas is carried by a 500-kilometer long pipeline and is treated at the Darwin liquefaction plant which has a capacity of 3.6 mmtonnes of year of LNG (equivalent to approximately 177 bcf/y of feed gas). LNG is sold to Japanese power generation companies under long-term contracts.
In May 2021, through our subsidiary Eni Australia Limited, we signed with Santos a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly seek cooperation opportunities in the following areas, that amongst other items includes including the options to repurpose and extend the life of Bayu Undan.
Encouraging local development
Our initiatives in the countries we work in are based on an integrated approach involving local communities and partners, sharing our skills and funds with them. In line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, our initiatives help provide access to energy, water and sanitation, diversify the economy, give education and professional training, protect the landscape and improve health services for communities. In East Timor we are running initiatives to diversify the economy (in line with SDGs 2, 8 and 10).
Keep up to date with the latest news about our work in the country and our projects in the region.
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