TUNISIA: OIL PRODUCTION IN DECREASE IN 2016, -10%
The Tunisian Ministry of Energy and Mines plans for oil production fell by up to 10% by year-end with a total volume of 2.14 million tons of oil equivalent (TOE), compared with 2.37 last year. In the first seven months of the year, oil production fell by 8.6%, or 9.48 million barrels, that of natural gas by 12.8%, by 1202, 5 million cubic meters. The reasons are due according to the same ministry stop of production for technical reasons, social and trade union movements of protest, or loss of productivity due to the natural regression of most of the mining sites. Emblematic with regard to social protests halted all production at the gas site “Chargui” to the Kerkennah islands, blocked from January 19 to April 6, 2016, and after a brief resumption of activities from April 22 until today.