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E & P News

2016

Dec 2016: Petrofac is halting gas production at the Chergui gas field on the southern Kerkennah islands 3 months after it restarted operations following 9 months of disruptions due to labour unrest. Tunisia has been importing gas from Algeria to make up for the shortfall.

Sep 2016: Eni said that the Laarich East-1 onshore well, spudded in June, has a capacity of 2,000 bbls of oil per day and has already been connected to production. Eni owns 50% in the Makhrouga-Laarich-Debbech license with ETAP, also 50%.

May 2016: Cooper Energy is to exit operations at the Nabeul permit after paying compensation to fulfil its remaining permit obligations that included drilling a well. The Nabeul permit is in the Gulf of Hammamet on the maritime border with Libya.

2015

Aug 2015: PA Resources, with ETAP, submitted an updated Zarat Field Plan of Development. Zarat is a  shallow water oil and gas field extending across  the Zarat license and the Joint Oil block (shared with Libya). The development will be in two phases of 4 wells. First oil and gas is planned for 2020 at 20,000 bbls per day and 1bcm per year of gas, doubling in Phase 2.

May 2015: Mazarine Energy (operator) and partners ETAP and MEDEX have discovered 38m of net oil-bearing reservoir in exploration well Cat-1 in the Zaafrane permit in the onshore Ghadames Basin. The well flowed at a rate of 4,300 bbls of oil per day plus gas.

2014

Aug 2014: Circle Oil  has announced an oil discovery in  the El Mediouni-1 well (EMD-1) in the offshore Mahdia Permit in a water depth of 240m, 120 kms east of the port of Sousse. It has been granted a six month extension to the permit before electing to renew.

May 2014: OMV and ETAP will invest US$680mm in the Nawara gas field development project along with the South Tunisian Gas Pipeline. The project consists of production facilities at the Nawara well site and a pipeline to gas treatment plants to produce LPG products and sales gas. First production  is expected in 2016 .

Apr 2014: Cooper  has announced resources in the Hammamet West Field in the Bargou Permit. Cooper is operator with 30%, with Dragon Oil (55%) and Jacka (15%).Hammamet West lies  in water depths of 60m, close to the Maamoura field. Three wells have been drilled, -1 in 1967, -2 in 1990 and -3 in 2013. It is planned to drill a  Hammamet West-3 side-track in early 2015 .

2013

Sep 2013: Cooper Energy is testing Hammamet West-3 in the offshore Bargou Permit. The well is located 1.6 kms east of Hammamet West-2 in 54m of water. The nearest producing field is Maamoura, 12 kms to the southwest. The horizontal wellbore runs through the fractured Abiod Formation. Cooper is operator with 30% along with Dragon Oil (55%) and Jacka Resources (15%).

Jul 2013: Circle Oil has farmed into the Beni Khaled production licence in the Cap Bon peninsula. Circle will acquire an initial 30% in return for funding a 3D seismic programme and one well. Exxoil will remain as operator. The licence contains the undeveloped Bir Drassen gas condensate discovery and currently produces from the Beni Khaled field around 90 bbls of oil per day from one well.

Jul 2013: Cooper Energy, operator (30%) of the offshore Bargou Permit is drilling a horizontal well, Hammamet West-3, to test the naturally fractured Abiod reservoir in the Hammamet West field. Shows have been encountered in the horizontal section.

Jul 2013: PA Resources will have reduced production from its offshore Didon field in 2013 due to recertification and upgrade work in the third quarter. The Didon FPSO is expected to restart mid September.  

Jun 2013: DNO has entered into a farm-out agreement with respect of the Sfax Offshore Exploration Permit and the Ras El Besh Concession to transfer 87.5% interest from Atlas Petroleum Exploration Worldwide (APEX) and Eurogas International. DNO Tunisia will assume operatorship. The areas are located in the Gulf of Gabes and 3 discoveries have been made. The initial work plan includes the drilling of two wells in 2014, one on the Salloum discovery and the other on the Jawhara discovery.

Apr 2013: Sonde Resources is negotiating a farm out of 66.67% of the Joint Oil Block. This block crosses the maritime border of Tunisia and Libya near the El Bouri, Ashtart and Miskar fields. Sonde is the sole contractor to the Joint Oil Block ESPA signed with Joint Oil, in turn owned 50/50 by the Governments of Tunisia and Libya. The block contains part of the Zarat discovery in Tunisian waters.

2012

Sep 2012: Shell has signed an exploration deal in Tunisia and will drill exploration wells in the centre of the country at a cost of US$150 million. Seismic and drilling operations will take place in the areas of El Jem, Kairouan, Sousse and Sfax.

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