Petrofac Halting Tunisia Gas Output Again due to Protests

Source: Reuters 12/14/2016, Location: Africa

Oil and gas industry contractor Petrofac is halting gas production in Tunisia after two weeks of renewed protests on the southern Kerkennah islands, officials said.

The announcement comes just three months after Petrofac restarted operations at Kerkennah's Chergui gas field, following nine months of disruptions due to protests.

Petrofac had threatened in September to shut down operations entirely and leave Tunisia, but the government reached a deal with protesters demanding jobs and development.

Tunisian Energy Minister Hela Cheikh Rouhou said the production stoppage had been expected because protesters "had not respected the deal signed in September".

"Unfortunately, trucks have been blocked several times to force Petrofac to close the field," she told Mosaique FM radio.

A senior Petrofac official confirmed that production was being stopped after stocks had run out during two weeks' of protests.

He declined to comment on local media reports that the company had once again told Tunisian authorities it would leave the country.

Petrofac's operations supply around 13 percent of Tunisia's domestic gas needs. It holds a 45 percent share at Chergui, with the rest held by a state-run company.

Any closure of operations would be a blow to Tunisia just as the government pushes to revive foreign investment, rein in the deficit, and spur growth through economic reform. Investment, growth and employment have been hit by labour unrest and militant attacks since Tunisia's 2011 uprising.

Government officials say importing gas from Algeria to make up for the shortfall caused by disruption to Petrofac's production during the first nine months of 2016 had cost the government about $100 million.


Norway >>  7/6/2022 - A number of fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf now have revised production licences authorised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (NCS). I...
Australia >>  7/4/2022 - Jadestone Energy plc, an independent oil and gas production company focused on the Asia-Pacific region, provides the following update on operations at...

United Kingdom >>  7/4/2022 - IOG plc, the Net Zero UK gas and infrastructure operator focused on high return projects, has released an updated Investor Presentation incorporating ...
Kuwait >>  6/30/2022 - Dr. Muhammad Abdul Latif Al-Fares, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Oil, and Minister of State for Council Affairs, led the State...

Kuwait >>  6/30/2022 - Today, Thursday, the members of the (OPEC +) coalition decided to increase output by 648,000 barrels per day in August. Following the 30th ministerial...
Norway >>  6/30/2022 - The authorities have granted consent to start production from the Nova field in the North Sea. Nova will be developed with two seabed templates, one f...

Related Categories: Camp Building  Cleaning Equipment, Services  Communication  Corrosion Products/Services  Development  Exploration  Food Supplies  General  Labor Services  Land & Leasing  Mine Clearance  Oil & Gas Companies  Production  Service Companies  Skilled Labors  Transportation, 4X4 Trucks  Unskilled Labors  Utility Systems  Waste Disposal  Water Supply Services  Welding Products/Services 

Related Articles: Camp Building  Cleaning Equipment, Services  Communication  Corrosion Products/Services  Development  Exploration  General  Labor Services  Land & Leasing  Mine Clearance  Oil & Gas Companies  Production  Service Companies  Skilled Labors  Transportation, 4X4 Trucks  Utility Systems  Waste Disposal  Water Supply Services  Welding Products/Services 


Gulf Oil and Gas
Copyright 2021 Universal Solutions All rights reserved. - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy.