Tunisia’s NOC plans offshore seismic survey

Tunisian NOC ETAP is planning a 3D seismic survey of its offshore acreage, but transparency measures are slowing progress, says ETAP Director Mohamed Ali Khelil
By Verity Ratcliffe 7 February 2017
A power plant in Tunisia. Most of the gas produced in the country is used to generate electricity. (Dana Smillie/World Bank)

Tunisia is trying to encourage exploration by reforming its incentives, simplifying permitting and de-risking offshore acreage. However, since the 2011 revolution the country has required IOCs to obtain parliamentary approval before carrying out exploration. This is slowing the permitting process, Mohamed Ali Khelil, director of central strategy and development at Tunisian NOC ETAP, told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Interfax Natural Gas Daily: What has been the effect of the post-revolution rules on exploration?

Mohamed Ali Khelil: ETAP and the department of energy [are responsible for assessing applications],...

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