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Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong’s warning to Timor-Leste over Woodside’s Greater Sunrise gas project

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has pushed back against Timor-Leste’s use of the media to apply pressure to Australia over a gas project.

Senator Wong is in Timor-Leste’s capital Dili on Thursday, where she is in discussions to resolve a dispute over the location of a gas processing hub.

The Greater Sunrise gas field is located in the Timor Sea and is off the northwest coast of Australia.

Australian energy company Woodside Energy’s preferred option is the already established hub in Darwin, but the Timorese government wants the gas piped to a new site on their southern coast.

Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has threatened his government will turn to China to fund the project if the stalemate remains, after pressuring Woodside to agree to the proposed new hub in his country.

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