Investment go-ahead for Tunisia's Nawara

Gas boost: OMV's Jaap Huijskes says contracts will follow Nawara approvals

Austria’s OMV and Tunisian state player ETAP have taken a final investment decision on the Nawara gas field development project in southern Tunisia.

The Vienna-headquartered player committed to investing €500 million ($680 million) on the gas field, which is due to come online in 2016 and see a peak production rate of 10,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

OMV exploration and production director Jaap Huijskes said the project was a “win-win opportunity” for project partners and the local community, with strong backing from the Tunisian government.

The project, which OMV approved internally in March, has now received all necessary government approvals and contracts will be awarded in due course, he added.

The development will involve building production facilities at the Nawara well site and a pipeline from Nawara to gas treatment plants to produce liquefied petroleum gas products and commercial gas.

The project’s volumes will be piped via the associated South Tunisian Gas Pipeline project, construction of which is already under way to take gas to the industrial zone of the city of Gabes for domestic consumption.

The 370-kilometre, 24-inch pipeline is also expected to pave the way for further field developments in southernmost Tunisia.

OMV and ETAP each hold 50% in the Ghadames basin Nawara concession, where the Austrian explorer made the discovery in 2006.

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