Tunisia: oil production expected to drop 10% in 2016

27 July, 10:40

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JULY 27 - The Tunisian ministry of energy and mining has forecast that oil production in the country could plunge as much as 10% by the end of the year with a total volume of 2.14 million tons of oil equivalent (toe) against 2.37 last year.

    In the first seven months of the year, oil production has dropped 8.6%, or 9.48 million barrels, while natural gas has dropped 12.8% with 1202.5 million cubic meters.

    This is due, according to the ministry, to the halt in production for technical reasons, social and union movements of protest and a loss in productivity due to the natural regression of most of the extraction sites.

    An emblematic case concerning social protests was when production was halted at the gas site ''Chargui'' at the Kerkennah islands, blocked from January 19 until April 6 and, after a brief spell during which activities had resumed, from April 22 until today. (ANSAmed)
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