FTI Consulting has inked a $75K-a-month contract with Timor Gap, which is the national oil company of Timor-Leste, to develop the Greater Sunrise natural gas field that is off the coast of Australia.

Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, gained its independence from Indonesia in 2002.

Development of the Greater Sunrise field is contingent upon hammering out a legal framework for a maritime boundaries agreement that Timor-Leste and Australia signed in 2018.

On behalf of Greater Sunrise, FTI’s strategic communications unit may engage in intelligence gathering, stakeholder mapping, narrative development, content development and digital media activity.

It handles outreach to government officials in the US, Australia and elsewhere to raise awareness around the economic and strategic values of the Greater Sunrise field development and undersea pipeline, with a focus on overcoming obstacles with respect to the legal framework that left unaddressed, could threaten the whole enterprise, according to a memorandum to FTI’s agreement with NuSource LLC.

FTI’s team includes Chris Tucker, global energy lead; Jackson Dunn, head of PA; David Wade, chief of staff to former Secretary of State John Kerry; Bob Moran, former VP-government/external affairs at Halliburton; Robert Southern, head of economics & financial consulting in Melbourne and Ben Hamilton, global energy sector in Sydney.

FTI’s six-month contract began March 23.