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Nawara delay spells trouble for Tunisia

The development is now expected online by the end of this year, leaving Tunisia dependent on Algerian gas imports for a while longer The development is now expected online by the end of this year, leaving Tunisia dependent on Algerian gas imports for a while longer.
By Felix Janvrin 14 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand 0 33942
A Tunisian power plant. (Dana Smillie/World Bank)

A joint gas venture between Austria’s OMV and Tunisian state-owned petroleum company ETAP that was due to come online in the first quarter of this year is now set to be operational by year-end. The venture’s delay leaves Tunisia critically dependent on Algeria for its energy security.

The $700 million Nawara gas project is set to connect new gas fields in the south of the country to Gabès on Tunisia’s coast, doubling the country’s production from 35,000 barrels of oil...