Tunisian gov’t to start regularising situation of Petrofac sit-inners

The Tunisian Government will start regularising the situation of sit-inners in Kerkennah as activity in Petrofac has been halted since last December 14 and expects Chargui gas field will resume activity in the coming days, Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energy Hela Cheikhrouhou and Sfax Governor Slim Tissaoui said.

A first batch of work contracts will be given to 68 people out of a total of 266 under the agreement signed with the British oilfield services company in September 2016, they told a news conference Tuesday following a working session with visiting Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Energy Services at Petrofac Limited Rob Jewkes.

 The remaining contracts will be made available in January 2018 and January 2019, Cheikhrouhou and Tissaoui indicated at the press conference.

Cheikhrouhou did not give a specific date for the company getting back into operation and said the government will secure the transportation of natural gas condensate.

Jewkes, who did not attend the news conference, is visiting Tunisia in a bid to find some common ground and unblock the current situation. The company, which threatens to leave over protests, posts daily losses of 400,000 Dinars.

The British company, which has been operating in Tunisia since 2007, owns 84.2 % of the shares of the natural gas project in Kerkennah, meets 12.5% of the country’s gas needs and supplies power to Sfax and southern governorates.


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