Petro­fac halts Tu­nisia gas pro­duc­tion again

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

TU­NIS:

Oil and gas in­dus­try con­trac­tor Petro­fac is halt­ing gas pro­duc­tion in Tu­nisia af­ter two weeks of re­newed protests on the south­ern Kerken­nah is­lands, the com­pany said yes­ter­day. 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. Imed Darouich, head of Petro­fac’s oper­a­tions in the North African coun­try, said the com­pany was now be­ing forced to halt oper­a­tions again be­cause pro­test­ers were block­ing trucks and stocks were run­ning out. “Af­ter 14 days of peo­ple block­ing trucks, the com­pany finds it­self un­able to pro­duce,” he said. Petro­fac of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment on lo­cal me­dia re­ports that the com­pany had once again told Tu­nisian au­thor­i­ties it would leave the coun­try.

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