In August 2004, the Timor-Leste government's Timor Sea Office and the Timor Sea Designated Authority (which administers the Joint Petroleum Development Area created by the 2002 Timor Sea Treaty) released draft laws for managing petroleum development. The drafts can be downloaded from the Timor Sea office website:
The Timor Sea Office also released sections of an amended version of the Timor-Leste Taxation Act as it relates to petroleum, which is referenced by the Draft Timor-Leste Petroleum Tax Act.
After a three-day public consultation in Dili at the end of August, the Timor-Leste government invited organizations and companies to submit written comments. La'o Hamutuk was among several organizations to do so, and we extensively analyzed both the Draft Petroleum Act and the Draft Production Contract.
La'o Hamutuk Submission
Our submission is in three parts (click on each one to read it as HTML):
A narrative text
which discusses major area where the draft legislation requires
re-examination, addition or amendment.
This can also be downloaded as a PDF file in English (92K) or Portuguese (85K) for printing.
Annotated text of
the draft Timor-Leste Petroleum Act.
This can also be downloaded as PDF (108k) for printing.
Annotated text of the draft Model Production-Sharing Contract.
This can also be downloaded as PDF (192k) for printing.
La'o Hamutuk's submission refers to the following documents:
Tome and Principe Oil Revenue Management Law - Draft (English), MS WORD
São Tome and Principe Oil Revenue Management Law - Draft (Portuguese), MS WORD
Submissions by other organizations (all are PDF files, some are large)
Global Witness, UK (111K)
Palacio da Cinzas (Office of President Xanana Gusmão):
Alternative Production-Sharing Contract (471K)
Document Analysis of draft Production-Sharing Contract (95K)
Woodside Energy Ltd. (on its own behalf, scanned)
World Bank (147K)
The East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis
1a Rua Mozambique, Farol, Dili, Timor Lorosa’e
P.O. Box 340, Dili, East Timor
Tel: +670-3325013 or +670-723-4330