16 September 2011

SERN seeks consultant to write Tasi Mane EIA

Timor-Leste's government hopes to use petroleum resources and infrastructure as the principal driver to develop the nation's economy. The centerpiece of this vision, the Tasi Mane project, is outlined in the Strategic Development Plan. It will include several projects and three new towns along the south western coast of Timor-Leste:
  • Suai: Supply base area, Industrial estates, Nova Suai, Suai Airport, Crocodile farm
  • Betano:  Refinery and Petrochemical complex, Petroleum city (Nova Betano)
  • Beaco: LNG Plant complex, Nova Beaco, Nova Viqueque, Viqueque airport.
On 25 August 2011, the National Procurement Commission invited bids from consultants to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for these projects. The deadline for submitting bids is 26 September, and bidding documents are available here.

La'o Hamutuk has created a new web page with photos, maps and links to relevant documents. In addition to an overview of the Tasi Mane project and EIA tender, the page discusses the project's implications for sustainable development in Timor-Leste, the $16 million in contracts already awarded, and the protest over land confiscation in Betano and the Government socialization in response.

We will continue to update this page, and welcome additional information. Thank you.

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